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Co-founder, Council for European Urbanism
Joanna Alimanestianu is an architect and urbanist based in Belgium, and co-founder of the Council for European urbanism. She is lead planner for the Bahia Muyuyo project on the Ecuador coast, a pioneering mixed-income project that builds on local culture and ecology. She was educated at Barnard and Princeton, and is currently affiliated with the University of Notre Dame.
Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design
R. John Anderson, CNU is a co-founder and principal for Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design. He has a very diverse experience beginning with a practical foundation in the construction trades, advancing through design and development practice in public and private roles. He thrives in the problem solving and troubleshooting environment of charrettes, and the rigor of coding, entitlement and building. He can triage conventional building schemes and demonstrate the financial benefits of sustainable urbanism to private developers and municipalities in their own terms. John leads the planning and urban design work of the firm.
Murphy V. Antoine, Jr, AIA, AICP
Architect/Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners
Murphy Antoine is a Principal with Torti Gallas + Partners, where he leads the firm’s Village Studio, concentrating on the inextricable link between architecture, urban design and planning in neighborhoods and communities at a variety of scales and densities. His efforts to implement affordable housing policy and market response through appropriate and contextual architecture and neighborhood planning have manifested themselves nationwide in over eighty revitalization and greenfield projects over his 20 year tenure at Torti Gallas. A registered architect, certified planner, and LEED Accredited Professional, Murphy is a member of the CNU, AIA and the APA, as well as a charter member and Past Chair of the APA’s New Urbanism Division. He holds Bachelors of Science and Masters degrees in Architecture, and a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning, all from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Torti Gallas, he worked as an architect in the Washington region’s production home building industry and on TOD community planning along Virginia’s proposed high-speed rail corridor.
City of Tigard
Kenny Asher, Community Development Director, City of Tigard, has been helping build community capacity in Oregon cities for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the City of Tigard in 2012, Mr. Asher directed the Community Development and Public Works departments for the City of Milwaukie, Oregon where he served as the city’s Project Director for the Portland-Milwaukie MAX Light Rail extension. In the early 2000’s, he served as General Manager for the Portland Family of Funds Holdings, Inc., an Oregon mutual benefit corporation specializing in placing New Markets Tax Credit investments in low-income communities. For eight years, Mr. Asher worked at the Portland Development Commission where he designed and developed urban renewal programs and resource development initiatives. He is currently leading the City of Tigard’s strategic planning effort to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives, and is expanding the city’s commitments to active transportation, minority engagement and affordable housing. Mr. Asher holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Boaz Ashkenazy is a dynamic entrepreneur, speaker and writer from Seattle who is examining and envisioning the future of immersive technologies. Boaz is the Co-founder and CMO of Studio 216, one of the first digital agencies to embrace and develop virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality solutions for enterprise businesses. For the last eleven years he has been dedicated to educating clients on emerging technologies and trends. Boaz has been featured in Newsweek, BBC News, Digital Trends, NBC News, Digital Trends and Geekwire. He is also a lecturer at the University of Washington College of Built Environments and has sat on the board of directors for Arcade Magazine.
Urban Designer, Perkins+Will
Over the last 15 years Mike Aziz has cultivated a rich portfolio of architecture and planning expertise. His specific expertise includes urban design, campus planning, regional planning and community engagement. He co-leads the urban design practice in Perkins+Will’s New York City office, where most recently he has been focusing on urban waterfront revitalization and community-based planning. Mike been an actively engaged in the CNU community throughout his career, having started professional development under CNU board members Dhiru Thadani and Sarah Lewis.
Urban Designer, The Civic Hub, The Civic Hub
Mallory Baches is the founder of The Civic Hub, an urban design and community engagement consultancy that works with individuals, groups, and entire communities to kickstart community-building. Mallory previously practiced urban design with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and co-founded their first affiliate office, DPZpacific LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford. She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A). She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is a Board Member of the Association for Community Design, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of the Carolinas Chapter of the CNU.
Senior Planner, City of Somerville, MA
Dan Bartman is a Senior Planner for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts and contributor to the original Tactical Urbanism series of guidebooks. Dan focuses his advocacy and research on urban design that supports the physical, social, and emotional needs of human beings. Dan joined the City to rewrite the 25 year old Somerville Zoning Ordinance into a user friendly document designed to change the City’s regulatory system into a cuspageter-oriented, character driven means for shaping new development according to community expectations. Recently, Dan has coordinated the City’s first Public Space, Public Life survey with Gehl Architects of Copenhagen as part of Somerville’s ongoing data-driven planning efforts focused on people and how they live, work, play, and raise a family in the city.
Senior Planner, City of Redmond
Andrew Bauer is a Senior Planner with the City of Redmond Washington where he is part of a team that is continuing planning and implementation in Overlake – a major employment center in the midst of transformation into a vibrant urban center with new opportunities for housing, recreation, and mass transit. Andrew’s past work with local jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region includes overseeing simultaneous public and private projects in a coordinated effort to catalyze downtown revitalization.
President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Scott Bernstein is the president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Scott leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally. He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and to other Federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration.
Senior Research, Housing and Urbanism , Sightline Institute
Dan Bertolet, senior researcher, researches, writes about, and speaks about housing and urbanism. He has a background in urban planning and electrical engineering, and his passion is to help create cities that will thrive amidst the challenges of the 21st century.
Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists
Vinayak Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena, California, were he has led many of the firm’s award-winning commissions, most recently the downtown revitalization in Lancaster, CA, that won the 2013 United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Award for Smart Growth Overall Achievement. He is a joint adjunct professor of urbanism at the Price School of Public Policy and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California where he formerly held the Presidential Fellowship at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is the editor of "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms,” a 24-chapter volume on the phenomenological forces shaping Asian cities, and author of two books – “Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism” and “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India”. He currently serves as Executive Editor of the quarterly “My Liveable City” in Mumbai, India, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London, UK.
Urban Design & Community Planning Manager, RBF Consulting, a Company of Michael Baker International
A national leader in crafting innovative urban design techniques and form-based codes for cities and towns for over 20-years, Howard Blackson is a principal and Director of Planning for PlaceMakers, LLC, a new economy collaboration of seven (7) principles with no central office or staff. He has designed and managed a variety of projects both internationally and in the United States having worked in Singapore, South Korea, and throughout North America. Howard holds a Master degree in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, and a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a member of the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Peer Review Committee. Howard is a lecturer at San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design and University of California San Diego.
Managing Principal, PlaceMakers
Hazel Borys is Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, an urban design, coding, and place-based marketing firm located throughout the US and Western Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms — allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact, resilient places to develop by-right — and helps developers get things built under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA
Principal, Stephanie Bothwell Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell, FCNU and ASLA is the principal of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses on the design of beautiful, sustainable and healthy landscapes that build human and natural communities. She has been involved in the creation of a network of civic spaces and natural landscapes as Consulting Town Landscape Architect for the new town of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia. East Beach is also a CNU Charter Awards winning brownfield redevelopment site. Stephanie has consulted on HUD’s policy and programs that address the relationship between housing, open space and transportation. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. She subsequently formed and directed the American Institute of Architects' Center for Livable Communities.
Student, Cornell University
Patrick Braga is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Cornell University majoring in Urban and Regional Studies, Music, and Economics. He is currently a visiting student at the University of Oxford. Patrick has previously presented research on walkability at CNU 22 (Buffalo) and on transit and equity at CNU 23 (Dallas). He has worked with form-based coding, comprehensive planning, and transportation planning, and will be working with affordable housing development this summer. Patrick is currently writing an opera about Le Corbusier.
Senior Planner, Capitol Hill Housing
Alex is Capitol Hill Housing’s Senior Planner with 10 years of experience in community development and transportation and land use planning. He leads the organization’s programs on shared parking, transportation demand management, and tactical urbanism. He also started the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to organize renters around local land use and transportation policy. Alex directs research on parking occupancy, pricing, use trends, management practices, and zoning. In 2016, he entered into a partnership with the University of Washington’s Sensor Systems Lab to reduce the cost of real time parking occupancy information and successfully advocated for creation of Seattle’s first parking benefit district.
Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Blue Zones
Dan is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.
Associate, The Olin Studio
Through his career, Greg Burrell’s practice has spanned multiple typologies and scales, working both nationally and internationally. He recently completed the construction of a new entry plaza and children’s garden for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the AIA award-winning Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan, a 25-year revitalization plan for 6 miles of urban waterfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His other experience in large-scale planning includes a development framework for the historic HemisFair Park in San Antonio, Texas and the 500-acre development of Camana Bay in the Cayman Islands. Most recently, Greg served as project manager for Dilworth Park, a revitalized civic destination along the western edge of Philadelphia’s historic City Hall, and led two concurrent entries for the National Mall Design Competition—Constitution Gardens and Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds. Greg holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University, and is a professor and lecturer in landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
Principal, Calthorpe Associates
Peter Calthorpe’s long and honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture began in 1976, combining his experience in each discipline to develop new approaches to urban revitalization, suburban growth, and regional planning. In 1983, Peter Calthorpe founded the award-winning firm of Calthorpe Associates devoted to sustainable urban design and planning globally. Throughout his honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization, community planning, and regional design. For his contribution in redefining the models of urban and suburban growth, Calthorpe was awarded ULI’s prestigious 'J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development' in 2006. He is one of the founders and the first board president of Congress of New Urbanism. Metropolis Magazine claims: “The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books define the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations”.
Community Development Program Manager, City of Bellevue
Bradley Calvert is the Community Development Program Manager for the City of Bellevue, Washington in the department of Planning and Community Development. He is leading the Grand Connection project, a non-motorized corridor that will begin at Meydenbauer Bay and connect through Downtown, across Interstate 405 and interface with the Eastside Rail Corridor. The Grand Connection will include a signature infrastructure element that spans I-405 linking Downtown with the Wilburton Commercial Area. He organized a charrette that included nearly 80 architects, planners, engineers, and artists who volunteered their time for three days to generate ideas around the project opportunities. As part of the project, over 250 acres of the Wilburton Commercial Area will undergo a land use and urban design re-visioning that will capitalize on the improvements made from the Grand Connection. In addition to his work with the Grand Connection, Bradley has assisted in developing design and policy guidelines for the city’s Downtown Livability Initiative. This work included design guidelines for high-rise towers and the treatment of the facades at the pedestrian realm.
Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant, Real Estate Developer, Marjora Carter Group
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx - where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations.
Green Building Team Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Nori Catabay, Green Building Team Program Manager, King County GreenTools Nori works for the King County GreenTools Program designed to help all King County stakeholders green their built environment, and leads the internal King County Green Building Team which implements the County’s green building policies. She managed the 2013 Green Building Ordinance update that directs County capital projects to achieve a Platinum certification using the LEED Rating System, Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard, or comparable level using alternative rating systems such as Living Building Challenge certification. Nori provides green building technical assistance to county projects, manages green building performance measures, organizes trainings, creates necessary tools to implement policy requirements, assists projects with green building rating systems, and promotes County green building achievements. Most recently, she contributed to the new Green Building Chapter of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan that sets a goal for new construction to be carbon neutral by 2030. She is currently supporting the County to meet its goal of registering 10 county-owned Net Zero Energy or Living Building Challenge projects by 2020. Nori has 19 years of experience working with intergovernmental entities on developing and implementing public policies on a local, regional, and statewide level.
Project Architect, Torti Gallas and Partners
Anthony received a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, with a concentration in History and Architecture, from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by a Masters of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. He currently works for Torti Gallas and Partners in the Washington, DC area.
City Traffic Engineer , City of Seattle
Dongho Chang is the City Traffic Engineer for Seattle. He has worked over 24 years in the transportation engineering field focused on improving safety and mobility for all modes in State and city roadways. Prior to working in Seattle, Dongho worked as the City Traffic Engineer for City of Everett and Area Engineer for Washington State Department of Transportation where he was responsible for traffic signals group, traffic analysis and channelization review, and traffic safety program. Dongho drove a Zamboni during high school, which he considers as his “coolest” job ever! Dongho holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Principal, Ross Chapin Architects
Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect, neighborhood planner and author based near Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for pocket neighborhoods, a term he coined for small groupings of households around shared commons, which he sees as building blocks for vibrant and resilient communities. Since 1997, Ross has designed and partnered in developing seven pocket neighborhoods and has designed dozens of communities for developers across North America, many of which have received international media coverage, professional peer review and national design awards. Ross’s work and ideas have been featured in more than 40 books and in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, Planning Magazine, Architectural Record and Professional Builder. Ross’s own book, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, has been widely read, shifting the thinking of homebuyers, architects, developers and policy makers.
Leo Chow, AIA
Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Leo Chow has led commercial, residential, higher education and urban planning projects in the US and Asia. His work demonstrates the integration of disciplines to produce designs that are sensitive to the creation of inspiring places and their social context. Award-winning projects include the Harvard University Northwest Science Building, Poly International Plaza, St. Regis Hotel and Residences, and Parkmerced Vision Plan. Leo led the development of SOM’s Digital Analysis Model, and created the SOM Integrated Design Studio. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Erin Christensen Ishizaki
An urban designer, planner, and architect, Erin is passionate about building physical and social community. Her collaborative, listening approach results in high performance development for neighborhoods, housing authorities, private developers, and local governments. Erin is a national leader and advocate for healthy and sustainable urbanism; having pioneered the use of health impact assessments in design. Her areas of expertise include urban revitalization, affordable housing, EcoDistrict planning, and environmental metrics. She believes in the power of a holistic, human-centric approach and evidence-based design to maximize investment and vibrant community outcomes. Erin’s early career focused on housing and neighborhood redevelopment planning. She spent nearly a decade responsible for mixed-use, mixed-finance projects for private and public sector clients in Washington DC, Boston, and for multiple HOPE VI projects. To date, she has led projects resulting in over 3,000 units of new housing. Her work has received industry and peer awards for innovation in health, equitable design, and sustainability. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute recognized Erin as a Global 40 Under 40 Professional.
Design Director & Founder , Supernormal
Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti is design director and founder of Supernormal, a research and design group built to explore the potential of big data for the design of small urban places. Supernormal bridges the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning with the goal of bringing increased sensitivity and systematization to urban development through the use of improved quantitative methods. This approach requires careful attention to urban types and the constraints of physical development, but prioritizes methods of understanding and projecting change over time and change over location as first principles in practice. Elizabeth received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she received the Henry Adams Medal. She also holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2014-2016, Elizabeth conducted research within the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her work on the use of emerging urban data sources for improved public realm design won a Knight Foundation Prototype grant in 2015.
Transportation Strategic Advisor, City of Redmond
Jeff Churchill is a Senior Planner with the City of Redmond, Washington, where he has been with the long-range planning group since 2006. In his role there, he is the lead planning contact for the Overlake Urban Center, one of the Puget Sound region's largest employment centers and the area of Redmond that is expected to undergo transformational change over the next 20 years. Jeff works with residents, property owners, employers, brokers, and partner agencies and jurisdictions to advance the vision for Overlake. Aside from Overlake responsibilities, Jeff: co-led the rewriting of the Redmond Zoning Code and its redeployment as an award-winning online document tightly integrated with the City’s GIS, manages the Community Indicators program that tracks Redmond’s progress in achieving Comprehensive Plan goals, and leads and co-leads neighborhood plan updates. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.
Founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities
Laura Clemons, founder and CEO, heads up a team of professionals with expertise in a variety of areas. She serves as the company’s head project team leader. Laura is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty designation in Building Design and Construction and has been working in the sustainable built environment since her return to Alabama in 2008. Laura uses a combination of her unique educational and professional experiences to create, implement and fully execute varied programs with refinement and precision.
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEEP-AP
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, Town-Green and The National Charrette Institute – Steve, architect, urbanist, and planner, is founder and principal of the design firm Town-Green (www.town-green.com), and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute (NCI), a non-profit organization that trains professionals in the art and practice of collaborative planning (www.charretteinstitute.org). He and his colleagues design and repair buildings, neighborhoods and towns throughout the country and Southeast Asia. A contributing author of the Charrette Handbook, he just authored Resilient Communities: Making Places Healthy and Whole, that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. With John Anderson, Paul Crabtree, and Martin Dreiling, Steve co-founded Townworks + DPZ, a multi-disciplinary firm in collaboration with that extraordinary Miami firm. With the State of California, Steve pilots the Emerald Cities program that develops sustainable community plans for local communities.
Paul Crabtree, P.E.
President, Crabtree Group, Inc.
Paul Crabtree is a Civil Engineer who has focused his work on the integration of intelligent urban infrastructure with New Urbanism and Smart Growth Planning. Paul is the founder and president of the Crabtree Group, Inc. He is a leader in the Congress for New Urbanism Rainwater Initiative, as well as an author and lecturer on sustainable infrastructure, from water to transportation. Paul is a founding member of the Transect Codes Council, and a contributing author of Sustainable and Resilient Cities (Wiley, 2011).
Principal, Craft Design Studio, LLC
Kenny Craft, founder of Craft Design Studio, specializes in residential architecture, from High End Residential, to Affordable Housing, from New Urban Neighborhoods to Historic Urban In-fill. Craft Design Studio also provides architectural services for a wide range of commercial architecture, specializing in types common to New Urban Neighborhoods, such as Live Works, Multifamily Buildings, and Mixed Use Buildings. Craft Design Studio provides Town Architect services, developing architectural standards, and upholding them through a rigorous yet customer sensitive review process.
Kenny Craft currently serves as the Director of Design for the South Main Neighborhood, in Buena Vista Colorado, a Mixed-use Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), planned by Dover Kohl and Partners. As Director of Design, Kenny oversees all aspects of design and implementation, upholding design standards through a design review process and construction observation. Kenny has also been a Charrette team member for mixed-use developments around the country, helping to set and establish an architectural vision for the development, rooted in the local building traditions of the region.
Jay Blazek Crossley has a MPAff from the UT-LBJ School of Public Affairs. He worked for the last ten years at Houston Tomorrow, an independent nonprofit think tank dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 6.8 million people of the Houston region. He has moved to Austin and is starting a new statewide think tank to work at the intersection of smart growth, transportation, equity, and sustainability. His current projects are focused on equity in transportation decision making systems, Vision Zero Texas, and being the local staff and writer of Streetsblog Texas.
Architectural Illustrator, Urban Design Associates
David is a nationally recognized illustrator and educator with over twenty years of experience in the visualization of architecture. A key member of the UDA design team, David's unique talents include the ability to translate urban design and architectural concepts into three-dimensional perspective drawings in a variety of traditional and digital media. These images become an integral part of the marketing program for each project because they can easily communicate complex ideas to a varied audience. His ability to combine a fine art sensibility with the illustration of architecture has resulted in a painterly style that is characterized by strong bold color and dynamic composition. As a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), David's work has been recognized in the juried exhibition, Architecture in Perspective, in 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2005 through 2012. He served as President of ASAI in 2007, and organized the AIP 22 Exhibition and Conference in Pittsburgh. In 2012, He was awarded the best informal Sketch category award from ASAI.
Executive Director, Seattle's Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
Chris is the Director of the Neighborhood Farmers Markets The NFMA has been organizing and managing Farmers Markets in seven Seattle neighborhoods since 1993. The NFMA is dedicated to supporting and sustaining local farms by creating viable farmers markets and educating the public about local agriculture.
Senior Associate, Weber Thompson
With more than fifteen years of design practice, Carey Dagliano Holmes brings a dynamic range of project type experience spanning from multifamily and commercial work, to custom residential and affordable housing. At Weber Thompson, she employs her design and project management strengths to advance the design development and permitting of complex urban projects. Her current focus is a boutique multifamily project in South Lake Union, the Southeast Economic Opportunity Center redevelopment, and several restaurant and cafe tenant improvements in Fremont and Beacon Hill.
Prior to Weber Thompson, Carey acquired extensive experience in ground-up custom residential design in Washington and New York. Space planning, building design, drawing set and design detail development are just a few of the areas within which Carey excels. She has a strong design background including professional work experience with Cutler Anderson Architects, Bosworth Hoedemaker, and John Pawson Design.
Carey currently serves on the Southeast Design Review Board for the City of Seattle. She cares deeply for community work and has volunteered extensively for many non-profit agencies including Habitat for Humanity, A Li Mi A for the Crow Indian Reservation, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, AIA Seattle, and Architecture 5 Cents. In 2016 she was actively involved in the design and construction of a family-oriented Tiny House prototype for the Low Income Housing Institute. She is passionate about design, and is constantly engaged in graphic, photographic, furniture, fine art and architectural projects. Carey is a licensed architect in Washington.
Ann B. Daigle
Urban Regeneration - Design & Strategy , The CityBuilding Exchange
Ann B. Daigle is an urban planner specializing in humane approaches to community building. Her passion is the regeneration of historic neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful and walkable places. She happily lives and works in the great City of New Orleans, where she coordinates the New Orleans CityBuilding Exchange to educate community leaders about best practices and the consequences of citybuilding decisions. Ann’s past posts include Manager of the New Orleans “Culture of Building” and Crafts Apprenticeship Programs for the Prince’s Foundation for Community Building, Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA, and Founding principal of PlaceMakers, LLC. She is also a partner in The Company Farm Pecan Grove & Market, a family-owned farm in North Louisiana. Her educational background is in Architecture, Communications and Social Psychology.
Jaime de Saint Malo
Husband to Danielle Wagner and father of Camila and Philippe Alexandre, Jaime is an entrepreneur by nature. He has a solid base in Finance and Economics, and has an exceptional sensibility for human interaction and empathy. Jaime has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in “Finance and Entrepreneurship” from American University in Washington D.C. In 2003, he founded Net People International (NPI), a leading Mobile App and communications development group of companies, and was responsible for its international expansion and the legal and financial consolidation of 22 companies of the same Group. In 2012 he sold NPI and along with a partner, founded EDIFYCA, a company that is proud to be developing urbanism projects that radically transform people’s quality of life and create better circumstances for cultural, economic and social progress in Panama, his home country. Jaime is currently the President of the Consejo de Nuevo Urbanismo de Panamá (CNUP), inspired by the Congress of the New Urbanism in the United States, dedicated to making notable and efficient changes to improve quality of life in Panama City, for all its residents and visitors, today and for the future! Jaime is a 2-time IRONMAN and 17-time IRONMAN 70.3.
Associate, Ross Chapin Architects
Karen DeLucas, Associate AIA, is an east coast transplant who relocated to Seattle in 1995 after receiving her Bachelor in Architecture at Roger Williams University. She has worked at Ross Chapin Architects for over fourteen years and has been intimately involved with all stages of design and construction on the award winning Conover Commons and Danielson Grove projects as well as all of RCA’s current ‘pocket neighborhood’ projects. Her passion is creating spaces that both foster community and enrich the individual experience. Recently she designed and her husband built their own energy efficient home in Seattle.
Principal & Co-Founder, Calthorpe Analytics
Joe is Principal and Co-Founder of Calthorpe Analytics. He leverages 20 years of experience in land use and transportation planning in leading the development and deployment of the RapidFire and UrbanFootprint modeling platforms, new models and software tools that bring critical information to land use planning decisions, energy and water resource choices, and the environmental, public health, and social equity challenges of our times.
Director, Dittmar Associates Limited
Hank Dittmar is one of the world's leading urbanists, advising governments, companies, and communities all over the world on making cities and towns more livable, resilient and beautiful. In 2014, he stepped down as Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation to undertake a limited number of number of high impact projects for the Foundation and on his own. Dittmar was the longest serving Chief Executive for The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, directing the growth of the unique charity in the UK and around the world, and overseeing the development of its practice based approach to education from 2005-2013. He remains a Special Advisor.
Bruce F. Donnelly
Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly
Bruce F. Donnelly is an urban planner based in the Cleveland, Ohio area, specializing in organizing codes and plans. He has written a chapter for the forthcoming book, The Transect, edited by Brian Falk of CATS, and has contributed a chapter to Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents, edited by Emily Talen and Andres Duany.
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 jury competitions.
Urban Designer, City of Eugene
Will Dowdy is a designer at Michael Watkins Architect, LLC. With a background in traditional urbanism and architecture, he works on a wide variety of projects: from large master plans to house designs, affordable housing, and civic, educational, commercial and mixed-use buildings. He has written architectural and form-based coding standards for the neighborhood and city scale. His work involves an integrated approach to problem solving with an emphasis on community, financial viability and long-term sustainability. Will unwinds by laying out parking lots in CAD.
Principal, DPZ Partners
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.
Professor of the Practice, University of Notre Dame
Douglas Duany has worked on many pivotal architectural and urban projects that have put him at the forefront of his field. He received his Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1990. Previous to that, he had designed and executed private landscapes as well as developing the public spaces and landscapes of Seaside. Duany has been involved in urban design projects in over 10 countries and 30 states while maintaining an intermittent landscape practice. He has taught as a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Miami and the University of Florida.
Urbanist, Vice President of ISOCARP, Connecting Cities
Martin Dubbeling is an active practitioner in the fields of spatial planning, urban planning, landscape architecture and the environment in the Netherlands and abroad. He is Vice President Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs) of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). For ISOCARP Martin Dubbeling is responsible for and organized UPAT workshops in Singapore (2010), Wuhan (2012), Perm (2012), Shantou (2013) and Nanjing (2013). For the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) and UN-Habitat he organized spatial visioning workshops in Gaza and the West Bank (2015). Martin Dubbeling is one of the authors of the award winning and best selling books ‘Sustainable Urban Design, Perspectives and Examples’ (2005) and ‘Sustainable Urban Design, The Next Step’ (2010). In 2013 Martin Dubbeling founded Connecting Cities, an office for research, consultancy, design and communication in sustainable urban and regional planning.
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Eric Dumbaugh is an expert in the areas of transportation systems planning, design, and community livability. He has authored more than 40 works in these areas, receiving the 2009 Award for Best Article from the American Planning Association, and the 2006 Award for Outstanding Paper in Geometric Design from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of the Sciences. Dr. Dumbaugh has been active in local, state, and national efforts to enhance the livability of urban transportation systems, including activities sponsored by the Smart Growth Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, among numerous others. Dr. Dumbaugh is an associate professor and the program coordinator for the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as was as Master degrees in Civil Engineering and City Planning. He lectures widely on the relationships between transportation and urban design, both in the United States and abroad.
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an architect and professor of urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011, 2013.) Its documentation of successful retrofits of aging big box stores, malls, and office parks into healthy and more sustainable places received a PROSE award and has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, PBS, NPR, TED and other prominent venues. She is a CNU Fellow, lectures widely, conducts workshops and maintains the world’s only database tracking successful retrofits.
Ceremonial leader, Singer,Environmental Activist and Artist, Coast Salish
Chenoa Egawa is Coast Salish of the Lummi and S’Kallam Nations of Washington State. She is a ceremonial leader, singer, speaker, environmental activist and artist dedicated to bringing healing to our Mother Earth, and to people of all cultures, backgrounds and origins through recognition of our shared experiences as human beings. One of her principal teachings today is the importance of preserving and sharing the wisdom human beings of all cultures, languages and ways of life still hold that benefit the health, well being and protection of all life on our Mother Earth. In that regard, she serves as a voice to bring Native wisdom and perspectives to the world at a time when these teachings are particularly poignant reminders of our shared responsibility to live with respect for ourselves, one another, and for our Earth.
Producer, First+Main Media
A visionary social entrepreneur and filmmaker, Chris has over 20 years experience producing award-winning broadcast documentaries, promotional videos, and media strategy with director, and First+Main Media co-founder, John Paget.
Washington Correspondent , The Philadelphia Tribune
Charles D. Ellison is Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune, author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM and a contributor to The Atlanta Post. Formerly host of "The New School" on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS Channel, Charles also serves as weekly Washington correspondent for The Cliff Kelly Show on WVON-AM (Chicago) and WDAS-FM (Philadelphia).
President, Chair, Creative Strategy Group, Tribeca Trust
Resident of Tribeca since 1994, Lynn was the founder of Friends of Duane Park and started the Inside Tribeca loft tour. She is an economist, used to work in foreign aid, and is now principal with her own consulting firm, Creative Strategy Group. Especially loves brick and Tribeca’s Romanesque buildings.
President and CEO, Next Step Network
Stacey Epperson is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her entire career. In 2010, she assumed leadership of Next Step, a social venture that mobilizes a national network of nonprofits to provide energy-efficient, affordable housing solutions tailored to the needs of their communities. Next Step’s partnership with Clayton Homes and KIT HomeBuilders West creates a new market dynamic that makes it easier for nonprofits to fulfill their mission, and for more low-income families to achieve homeownership.
Next Step evolved from Stacey’s nine years as President and CEO of Frontier Housing in northeastern Kentucky. While there, Stacey worked to triple Frontier's total production, loan fund and net worth. As one of the nation's most respected nonprofit providers of manufactured housing and one of the NeighborWorks® Network's largest homebuilders, Stacey testified before a Senate Committee in an effort to replace pre-HUD Code mobile homes across the United States with new, energy-efficient homes.
Professor of Philosophy, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Jerry Erion teaches philosophy at Medaille College in Buffalo, where his scholarly interests include ethics, philosophy of mind, and critical thinking. He and his students are developing a new, experimental course on cities inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jane Jacobs, and Andrés Duany.
Senior Project Director, EcoNorthwest
Abe Farkas, ECONorthwest’s Director of Development Services, has over three decades of experience in crafting and implementing sustainable redevelopment and economic strategies utilizing public-private partnerships to improve downtowns, neighborhoods, business districts, and educational environments in communities across the country. Projects in which Abe has played a key role include: mixed-use and mixed income developments; historic preservation and adaptive re-use of older facilities; educational, research, high and clean tech, and social service developments; high capacity transit projects including street car, light rail and aerial tram; transit oriented development; brownfield redevelopment; affordable and workforce housing developments; and public parks, trails and plazas.
Doug Farr, CNU-A
President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Doug Farr, AIA is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an award-winning architecture and planning firm identified by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.” Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr’s niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates was the first firm in the world to design three LEED-Platinum buildings (Christy Webber Landscapes, the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology), which stand as models of urban architectural sustainability. Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. This planning best seller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
Andrew J. Faulkner is a co-founder of the ConnectOakland project to reposition an underused spur highway in Oakland, California as a Transit Oriented Development and mass transit spine to improve economic and social mobility and strengthen the transit resiliency of the Bay Area. Andrew has a decade of experience is grassroots highway removal campaigns and previously served as the Vice-Chair of the City to River movement in St. Louis. Andrew is a former adjunct professor in architecture and urban design (2010-2012) at Washington University in St. Louis and currently works at Van Meter Williams Pollack in San Francisco where he contributes design experience to a wide range of Urban Design and Architecture projects. He recently created visualizations for the APA CA Award of Excellence winning City of Mountain View El Camino Real Precise Plan, assisted community processes for several TOD projects, and is currently managing construction on two adaptive reuse projects affordable senior housing projects. Learn more about ConnectOakland at http://www.connectoakland.org
Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Sharon is the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon oversees SUMC’s work to pilot programs, conduct research and provide advice and expertise to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. Sharon was previously the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Prior to IGO, Sharon was Director of R&D at the Center for Neighborhood Technology for more than a decade.
Project Engineer, Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Erik Ferguson is a professional engineer with over 16 years of engineering experience. His work experience ranges from designing major highway and bridge projects for both the New York and North Carolina Department of Transportation, to administration of the Dutchess County Public Works Department in Poughkeepsie, NY. For the past six years Erik has worked as a project engineer with Martin County focusing on traffic signal, traffic calming and intersection improvements. Erik brings an interest in cost effectively creating a sustainable transportation system. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo.
Director of State Government Affairs, UPS
A proven professional at United Parcel Service (UPS) for more than 20 years, Kristal joined UPS in 1993 as a marketing intern and is now the Director of State Government Affairs for Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Kristal has responsibility for public policy affecting all UPS entities in the Northwest. In her role, Kristal handles issues covered at the local, state, and federal levels.
Trained as a civil engineer and a city planner, I developed a solid understanding of how cities develop and evolve. With expertise in real estate, development, transportation and city planning, I focus on land use strategies and urban sustainability around the Globe. Today, I feel very fortunate to head the a team of urban innovators in New York, eager to develop new synergies between planning, real estate and transportation to help bringing urban eco-systems to the next level. Check out our two current ventures: Vectuel and PUREHOUSE LAB!
Project Director, The Street Plans Collective
Julie is a Project Director at Street Plans, and leads the firm’s office in San Francisco. Julie has a strong background in community outreach, public space activation, and transportation planning projects. She also has extensive experience with research and graphics production for urban planning projects. Julie is fluent in Spanish and can lead bilingual public involvement efforts. With Principal Mike Lydon, Julie co-created and was the lead author of The Mercado Project: Lessons from 20 markets across South America. Prior to her role at Street Plans, Julie worked as a Transportation Planner and Public Involvement Specialist at Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates (HSH) in New York, NY. At HSH, Julie worked on an array of projects at the federal, state, and neighborhood level. She also coordinated the city-wide permit process for New York City’s PARK(ing) Day event. Previous to her career as an urban planner, Julie worked as the Communications and Program Associate at La Cocina, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, CA. While at La Cocina, Julie helped coordinate the 2nd Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, and assisted in publicizing and planning the 1st National Street Food Conference, engaging food vendors and city planners alike in a dynamic two-day discussion on the impact of mobile food vending in urban settings across the country. Julie received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University.
Director, Office of the Waterfront, City of Seattle
Marshall Foster is Director of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront. He leads the City’s Waterfront Seattle program, which is creating 20 acres of new parks and public spaces on Seattle’s central waterfront. Marshall served as Seattle’s City Planning Director for four years prior to leading the Office of the Waterfront. He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California – Berkeley, and lives with his wife and kids in West Seattle.
Lawrence Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA
President, Urban Design 4 Health
Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and President of Urban Design 4 Health. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality and health, and the fuel consumption and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 20 years. Dr. Frank works directly with local governments to help translate results from research into practice based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals.
Research Scientist, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health
Melissa Frisbie joined the New York State Department of Health's Center for Environmental Health in 2010 where she is a research scientist and the New York State Communications Coordinator for the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. She specializes in community health and behaviors.
She is currently working to make environmental health data and education to the public through New York's State's Environmental Public Health Tracker. She is also experienced in conducting in health related community outreach related to Environmental Public Health Tracking and other health related issues.
Senior Planner, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Chris Ganson was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where he serves as technical lead on California’s transition from LOS to VMT. He previously held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the World Resources Institute, and US EPA Region 9. Chris holds master’s degrees in City Planning and Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Anthony T. Garcia
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is currently Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Tony was Project Director for six years at the Dover Kohl & Partners affiliated architecture firm Chael Cooper & Associates, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.
Town Planner, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Kenneth has been with Dover, Kohl & Partners since 2007 and has participated in over 50 design charrettes. He produces many of the firm’s illustrations and renderings, using a combination of computer graphics and traditional watercolor techniques. Kenneth received both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. He is CNU-Accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a Certified Charrette Planner through the National Charrette Institute. Kenneth grew up in Costa Rica and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
Justin Garrett Moore
Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission
Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission, his work is focused on prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and fostering accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the City’s public buildings, spaces, and art. Justin is a former Senior Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where, for over a decade, he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns and neighborhood character. His projects included the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, the Coney Island Plan and the Brooklyn Cultural District. He received degrees in both architecture and urban design from Columbia University’s GSAPP where he is now an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He is the co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise based in Indianapolis that focuses on community revitalization and design in American inner cities. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard. He also serves as a board member for ioby.org, Mary Miss—City as Living Laboratory, and Made in Brownsville.
Norman W. Garrick
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), trustee of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking, and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable transportation and urban planning, street and street network design, and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public through the press, radio, and TV. He is a 2008 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization. In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2004, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where he studied the evolution of the urban form, the transit system and the state of motorization in the Kingston metropolitan region.
Performance Management Lead, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Richard Gelb is performance manager and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks. He serves on county's Equity and Social Justice Core Team and leads the team on equity in Facility and System Improvements. He led King County’s recent STAR Communities certification process, is on the national Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System, served on the Global Ecodistrict Protocol Advisory Committee, and for Congress for New Urbanism, serves on their Diversity and Equity Committee. Richard has been an elected supervisor for King Conservation District, strategic adviser for City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, green building manager for Seattle Parks, and authored the first King County Regional Disaster Plan. Richard is board co-chair for the regional non-profit Sustainable Seattle and has degrees in environmental studies, business, and public administration.
Roger Geller. Roger has over 20 years’ experience managing bicycle capital, planning and policy projects. He possesses in-depth knowledge of design, policy, planning and maintenance relating to bicycle transportation. Roger has contributed to the implementation of hundreds of miles of bikeways, the introduction of many innovations to Portland’s streets and to the successful evaluation of their effect. Roger has led numerous trainings, classes in bikeway planning, policy and design, has delivered keynote addresses at national conferences in Australia and New Zealand and toured Canadian cities as an Invited Scholar. He continues advising a multi-city effort to refine a national urban bicycling design guide.
President, Georgiadis Urban Design
Andrew Georgiadis is president of Georgiadis Urban Design, a firm that designs walkable cities, towns, corridors, and neighborhoods. He worked for Dover, Kohl & Partners, Town Planning for eleven years and was a project director for several codes and master plans including the form-based code for Bradenton; Lisi Lake, Republic of Georgia; and wrote or edited portions of the El Paso Comprehensive Plan. He led the charrette that resulted in the East Fort Myers Revitalization and Redevelopment Plan, which reimagined the Palm Beach Boulevard as a multi-modal mixed use corridor. In 2012, he taught as faculty at the University of Miami School of Architecture, where he led a highways-to-boulevards upper level studio that examined the reconfiguration of the freeways that had eviscerated Downtown Miami. In 2013, he moved to Sarasota to form the City’s Urban Design Studio and was co-author of the form-based code, which updates and expands the code written by Duany Plater Zyberk. While working at the UDS, he designed the City’s two most recent civic buildings, which are built or under construction: Lift Station 87 and State Street Garage & Mixed-Use Block. During the last two years, he has worked on projects in Central and South America and in Florida. Most recently, he worked on the master plan for South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, Florida. The clients were the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and FDOT District 1. Earlier this year, he has designed a new TND in North Port, Florida called the Health and Wellness Village at Warm Mineral Springs; groundbreaking is scheduled for Summer, 2017.
President, Gibbs Planning Group
Robert Gibbs, President of Gibbs Planning Group, is an urban and retail planning consultant who has contributed to over 300 master plans across the U.S., planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and was the first to implement the use of Form Based Codes. He founded GPG in 1988 and is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Gibbs is a frequent lecturer who has also authored the Urban Retail Form Based Code Module and in 2012 published Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development. He has taught an Executive Education course on urban retail planning and development at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for nearly 20 years. Gibbs has been honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions to urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand for his planning innovations. Gibbs is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a Professional Landscape Architect with an MLA from the University of Michigan. He serves on the national Board of Directors for the Form Based Code Institute and the Michigan chapter of CNU. He formed the Urban Retail Institute in 2012 to promote sustainable retail development in American cities.
Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle
I am a father of two (Amelia is 4 and Sid Z just turned 1) and have lived in Downtown Seattle with my wife and her dog for about 12 years. I spend my days as a land use attorney at Foster Pepper, and my volunteer time on the steering committee of Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle, which advocates for family-friendly amenities downtown, chiefly a downtown elementary school and more play spaces. I also represent downtown on the Seattle Parks District Citizen Oversight Committee. Sadly, my downtown tenure will come to an end on April 1, when my family will move east to Capitol Hill, for two reasons: to be near where our kids will go to school, and to have a third bedroom. But I still believe a vibrant city requires a family-friendly downtown, and I intend to keep working toward that end.
Head Architect, MLA+
Yana Golubeva is a Russian architect, based in St.Petersburg. She is a head of the Russian office of MLA+, an architectural and planning practice operating from 5 international offices, including Rotterdam, London, St.Petersburg, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. As head of MLA+ Russia Yana is responsible for strategic projects, urban visions, development and redevelopment strategies as well as public space improvements. Working on different scales Yana is integrating office international experience and specific knowledge of Russian context.
Larry is a transportation planner with over 35 years of experience in public transit planning and operations. At Nelson Nygaard, Larry works on transit plans ranging from high capacity rail projects to community and campus circulators. As a member of the national Board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as a founder of the New York chapter, Larry advocates for reinforcing good development decisions with good transit decisions. Previously, Larry served in various capacities in the Operations Planning division of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit where he was responsible for short-term service planning for bus and rail, including planning for capital projects, construction, contingencies, and special events. He has created systems for implementing tens of billions in capital investment while maintaining nearly full service for customers as well as service plans for every major event and venue, and every potential and actual disaster, affecting New York City, including delay management for everyday problems. A member of the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, he helped developed MTA’s Smart Growth and transit-oriented development program.
CEO, Founder, Aha! Strategy, Civic Dinners
Jenn is the founder of Civic Dinners, a civic engagement platform that uses technology to bring diverse voices to the table for face-to-face conversations that matter. Also as CEO of Aha! Strategy, Jenn works with civic leaders to design issue-based campaigns and place-based strategies that move the needle on critical civic and social issues. Recently, Jenn led the award-winning strategy for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s New Voices: Millennial Advisory Panel which used Civic Dinners to engage young leaders in designing the future of the Atlanta region. In 2015, Jenn co-led the Great Exchange on Transportation in Gwinnett County, designing a text-based survey that enabled the largest conversation on transportation, with 4,000 responses in one week. Prior, she rebranded and reorganized Atlanta Streets Alive, now one of the largest open streets event in the country. Her work has received awards and recognition from President Obama, The Atlantic, American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute and the Public Relations Society of America. In 2016, Jenn was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 40 under 40, one of ten “Outstanding Atlanta” honorees, graduated from the Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2016 and is a 2017 New Leaders Council Atlanta Fellow. Jenn holds a BSBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, a graduate degree in Design from Portfolio Center, and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Leadership, Organizing and Action.
Founding Principal, J Griffin Design, LLC
Jennifer Griffin is a practicing design professional, educator, and founding principal of J Griffin Design, LLC. She has experience working in the US, UK, and Central America on a variety of project types and scales, from small-scale renovations and additions of historic structures, to mixed-use urban infill projects, to master plans at both the neighborhood and regional scales. She has received numerous design awards for her work, including multiple Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards. Jennifer was educated at the University of Notre Dame, from which she received both her Bachelor of Architecture and her Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism degrees. She also has served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, where she has taught urban and architectural design courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level while conducting research on the relationship between the built environment and human flourishing.
Program Manager | Emerald Network, LivableStreets Alliance
Nidhi Gulati is a trained architect, park planner and urban researcher with a specialization in public space design and community development. She is a program manager at LivableStreets Alliance, a non profit advocacy organization working to improve transportation for all people and modes in the Metro Boston region. Her program, the Emerald Network, envisions a 200 mile network of greenways that support mobility choices, active living, access to open space, and place-based investment in the public realm. Prior to joining LivableStreets, Nidhi was a project manager at Project for Public Spaces in New York City where she worked on community-based projects in over 10 American states and 5 countries. One of her favorite endeavors was creating the Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper web-database in 2015. She is a born and raised Indian with higher than usual appreciation for trains, strong preference for human-scaled development, love for walking as a mode of transportation, and a deep sensitivity to gender and race issues in urban environments.
Living Community Challenge Manager, Living Future Institute
Marisa is dedicated to operating the Living Community Challenge program. She works with communities around the world taking the lead in applying concepts of net positive energy and water, micro mobility, urban agriculture, and equitable place. Get in touch with Marisa to talk about your community’s large or small-scale infrastructure project to discuss its applicability to the Living Community Challenge. Contact the LCC team to discuss certification, consulting or other community opportunities. Marisa plays an active role as the Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle’s Urban Design Forum and the AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors. After studying ecological design in Copenhagen, experiencing the world’s best cycling infrastructure and graduating from the Cascade’s Advocacy Leadership Institute for bicycling, she believes all design conversions should begin with ‘how can we make our places better for both the environment and people?’ Marisa is looks forward to working with some of the world’s first Living Communities. Marisa graduated with her B.S. in Architectural Studies from Washington State University.
Richard Hall, P.E.
President, Hall Planning & Engineering Inc.
Rick Hall, P.E., is President of HPE. Based on his extensive transportation planning and conceptual design experience, the firm focuses on both Planning and Preliminary Engineering, especially the vital interface between Planning and Design. Transportation aspects of community plans, subarea/sector plans and corridor studies are key HPE emphasis areas. Expert witness, public participation and charrette tasks are routinely performed by HPE and traffic engineering, site impact studies and private and public growth management related studies are also special skills. Other practice areas of the firm include hurricane evacuation studies and calculation of the all important evacuation clearance times and specialty data collection including origin/destination and trip generation studies. Mr. Hall serves as a Visiting Professor in the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches land use and transportation courses at the master's degree level. Extensive readings in the "New Urbanism," Neo-traditional neighborhood design and other emerging concepts led to a strengthened commitment to land use based transportation planning. His academic background combined with active charrette and workshop design experience have made him uniquely qualified to deal with controversial transportation and land use projects.
Urban Policy Advisor, MDI - Management Design Intelligence
Timo Hämäläinen is a geographer who is part urban policy consultant, part city planning “activist” and thought leader in contemporary urbanism via his blog 'urbanfinland.com' and membership in a DIY planning collective ‘Urban Helsinki’. Timo’s blog dissects the inner workings of Finnish urban development and has been chosen among the "best city blogs around the world" by The Guardian. Timo has been working with projects that seek to harness the latest insight in urbanism for the planning of lovable cities, sustainable transportation, and public participation.
Founder, Director, Gris Gris Lab, Joan Mitchell Center
Gia Hamilton brings over two decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a non-profit developer, residency director, community engagement organizer and senior executive in areas as diverse as arts, education, food security, and healing practices domestically as well as internationally. Known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems, she has worked as a thought leader and change agent in a leadership capacity with numerous organizations with assets ranging from $ 2 million to $100 million. Gia Hamilton brings over two decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a non profit developer, residency director, community engagement organizer and senior executive in areas as diverse as arts, education, food security, and healing practices domestically as well as internationally. Known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems, she has worked as a thought leader and change agent in a leadership capacity with numerous organizations with assets ranging from $ 2 million to $100 million.
Associate, Opticos Design, Inc
Arti Harchekar has focused her professional and academic efforts on creating sustainable communities through placemaking and urban design. Her municipal experience includes the successful development and implementation of corridor revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, traditional neighborhood, town center, and transit oriented plans and implementation strategies. The comprehensive plans she has worked on focus on urban design, sustainability, and market capture, and she has worked to calibrate and implement numerous Form-Based Codes. Several projects under her management have won awards from the American Planning Association Texas chapter. Before joining Opticos Design in 2015, she worked with Townscape, Inc. in Dallas, TX, managing a broad range of town planning and urban design projects.
Agency Architect, TriMet
Robert Hastings, FAIA, is TriMet's Agency Architect with oversight role for architecture, urban design, and sustainability initiatives. He’s responsible for coordinating architecture, station and urban design, signage and graphics, and art coordination. He coordinates the wide ranging sustainability initiatives, including renewable energy opportunities for transit projects. He also coordinates TriMet’s research and knowledge sharing activities with academic institutions, and coordinates knowledge sharing opportunities for visiting national and international delegations. His B-Arch is from the University of Oregon (1979), and M-Arch is from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). In 2008 he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA.
Owner, In. Site: Architecture
Rick Hauser, AIA, LEED AP, identifies as a "Frontier Architect" and his Finger Lakes firm, In. Site: Architecture, embraces pioneering paradigms which have helped him navigate the uncharted territory of building a progressive practice outside the centers of fashion. From design-build and modest rural additions, through state-wide downtown revitalization work, to a nature center in the rainforests of Madagascar, I.S:A's work illustrates lessons learned on the path to building a sustainable practice, "out there."
Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding and Design, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form Based Code Award winner, Leander, Texas – plus numerous adoptions across North America. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing. She is co-author of the Lean Code Tool, a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual, and author of the SmartCode Landscape Module. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council and the Form-Based Codes Institute, as well as a new CNU Board Member.
Senior Transportation Engineer, Transpo Group
Stefanie is a senior engineer with over 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and operational analysis. She has led analysis and participated in data collection and presentation of multiple parking studies throughout the Puget Sound and in California. Stefanie can distill complex data sets and relay technical information to a variety of audiences in formal and information presentations. Stefanie is well-versed in parking throughout the region. She has performed research on parking management strategies, parking policies and investigated new parking technology. She has interviewed many agencies around the Puget Sound including SDOT, Kirkland, Redmond and Tacoma to understand how they manage parking, including data collection.
Emily Hoober George
Chair, Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle
Emily lives with her husband and two young children in the center of Downtown Seattle. For the past four years, she has worked with a group of dedicated parents advocating for more family-friendly investments in downtown Seattle. Key among these investments is a downtown neighborhood elementary school. Emily is also a structural engineer at KPFF Consulting Engineers.
Park Planning and Cultural Arts Manager, City of Redmond
My goal is to help our communities become more sustainable, vibrant, and connected through sound community planning and development. I have program management experience in park, arts and culture, environmental and transportation planning. In addition, I am active in the local community. I am currently President of the Board of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Youth Athletic Facilities Grant Committee.
Director, VIA Architecture
Kate Howe has worked with VIA as an advocate and practitioner of sustainable planning for 8 years. Her experience drafting downtown strategic plans for municipal governments is complemented by expertise in active transportation planning within the wider context of major infrastructure works and multiple-stakeholder collaboration. She has contributed to station area planning in the Puget Sound area, urban Honolulu, Toronto, Portland, and has conducted sustainability workshops for transit agency project teams. Kate believes first that sustainable planning policy must begin to break down the silos between transport and land use planning by finding and promoting common goals with a common language. Her work helps to bring forward the important idea that “transit friendly design,” is really “people first design.”
Managing Principal, SWA Group
Ying-yu Hung is the Managing Principal at SWA’s Los Angeles Studio. Ms. Hung has 25 years of experience in urban design and landscape architecture for complex projects that balance environmental and development issues. Ms. Hung has directed landscape design for a wide variety of public and private projects, including Oceanwide Plaza – a $700,000, innovative mixed-use project located adjacent to L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. The project comes with an unprecedented 270,000 sf of amenity open space, as wells as two through-block paseos at the street level. Ying-yu has also worked on La Plaza Historic Paseo, an open space linkages study with the County Supervisor’s office. The project celebrates the history, culture, and heritage of the City’s birthplace. Currently, her office is collaborating with ELP and the City of L.A. for the next phase of feasibility analysis and programming of Downtown L.A. Cap Park over the 101 freeway. Ying-yu is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Landscape Architecture Master’s Degree Program at the University of Southern California, and a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her design studios focus on the topic of landscape infrastructure, dedicating over six years studying Los Angeles River downtown segment as the testing ground for multi-functional infrastructure systems. The studios challenge issues related to density, environmental remediation, water capture, health and accessibility.
Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A
President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. She is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.
Executive Chairman of the Board , HRI, Inc, New Orleans
In 1982, Edward B. Boettner (1933-2000) and Pres Kabacoff, founded Historic Restoration Inc., now known as HRI Properties, dedicated to the pursuit of rebuilding neighborhoods and recreating entire communities. Prior to founding HRI, Kabacoff practiced real estate law and served as assistant to the managing partner of International River Center (IRC), which was the developer and managing partnership of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside and Towers, a 1,600-room convention center hotel; Riverwalk; and International Cruise Ship Terminal. He was also the attorney and team member in the development of Beau Chene, a 3,000-unit recreational community in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. He was one of the ten honorees in 1997 of the Family Service of Greater New Orleans. Family Service is a community-centered, nonprofit organization that strengthens the emotional health of individuals and families by providing counseling and community education in an effective and compassionate manner.
Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, professor, and former Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.Arch from Princeton University. From 1977 to 1985 he was principal in Kelbaugh+Lee, which won 15 design awards and competitions. He then served as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates. He was editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book in 1989 (which helped jumpstart TOD), The Michigan Debates on Urbanism in 2005, and Writing Urbanism in 2008, and is the author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, and Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place. Doug is the winner of the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award in the field given by the AIA and ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). He recently served as Executive Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai development company with an international portfolio of mixed use, walkable and TOD projects.
Founding Partner, Space Between Design Studio
Patrick Kennedy is a founding partner in the Dallas-based urban design firm, Space Between Design Studio. He is presently on the board of directors for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and former president of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-NTX). With more than 15 years of experience tackling complex urban challenges at local, national, and international scale, his focus is on the interrelationship between movement infrastructure network design and real estate market dynamics in order to deliver successful, lovable, sustainable places. He is also co-founder of A New Dallas (www.anewdallas.com), a non-profit promoting transportation alternatives and neighborhood revitalization, as well as the Coalition for A New Dallas, a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing, educating, and empowering local leaders in support of revitalizing Dallas neighborhoods. He has awards from NCTCOG, Greater Dallas Planning Council, APA, AIA, AIGA, and ASLA.
Partner, DPZ Partners
Marina Khoury is an expert in sustainable urban redevelopment, regional planning, transit-oriented developments, affordable housing and form-based codes. As a partner at DPZ Partners, she has been Director of its Washington D.C. area office since 2007. A licensed architect and fluent in several languages, Khoury has worked on the design and implementation of projects in the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East including ground-breaking new codes around the world that mandate resilient urbanism. She speaks globally widely on issues related to Smart Growth and affordable, sustainable, and walkable communities. Marina is active in Washington area civic groups, including the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), where she served as a Board member of the CNU-DC chapter from 2007-2012. She currently serves on the following Boards: Form-Based Code Institute (FBCI), and the Center for Applied Transect Study (CATS). She is a member of the New Urban Guild and a LEED Accredited professional.
City Planner, Economic Developer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Ryan S. Kilpatrick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Ryan received an M.A. in Design from Kendall College of Art & Design where his work focused on social innovation at the neighborhood scale – creating equitable systems for economic growth. He works as a development liaison for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and assists local governments and private developers with gap financing and outcomes-based project reviews. Ryan has a background in small town planning and economic development and is experienced in form-based codes, master planning, economic development strategy, community engagement and human-centered design process.
Grace H. Kim
Architect and Principal, Schemata Workshop
Grace H. Kim is an architect and co-founding principal of Schemata Workshop, a 16-person architectural practice with a keen focus on building community and social equity. She brings innovative ideas to her projects that merge client goals and sustainability measures - such as urban agriculture, modular construction, and a focus on building community. Grace is also the founder of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a collaborative residential community which includes her street level office and a rooftop urban farm. She walks the talk of sustainability - leaving a small ecological footprint while incorporating holistic ideals of social and economic resilience into her daily life. As an internationally recognized expert in cohousing, Grace has visited more than 80 cohousing communities in North America and Denmark. For four years Grace served on the national board for the Cohousing Association of the US, organizing a national cohousing conference and the inaugural International Cohousing Summit. She is currently the Chair of the Seattle Planning Commission, and serves on the boards of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Housing Development Consortium, and the WSU Architecture Advisory Board.
Donald King, FAIA
Principal Architect, Visiting Professor of Architecture, Mimar Studio, University of Washington
Donald I King, FAIA is an architect with over 40 years of professional experience in the community-based practice areas of planning, design and project management. He has specialized expertise in the design of community buildings, healthcare facilities and multi-family housing.
Strategic Planning Manager, City of Bellevue
Emil King leads the strategic planning group at the City of Bellevue, having joined the City in 2000. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector consulting cities and counties across Washington State on growth management and planning issues. Emil was an integral part of Bellevue's award-winning 2009 BelRed Subarea Plan and is currently leading an effort to document its implementation to determine where plan or code amendments may be warranted. Emil is also currently wrapping up the Downtown Livability Initiative, which is a significant effort to update the 35 year-old land use regulations for Downtown Bellevue. Emil is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and an active member of the American Planning Association. Emil holds a master's in urban planning from the University of Washington and bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Hawaii.
Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University
I am an architect who practices urban design and at present teach at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore. I also serve on the boards of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania and on the Journal of Arabian Study hosted by the University of Exeter in UK. I have taught courses on architectural and urban history across curricula for over two decades at universities across the world. My research focuses on TransNational Urbanism in port cities since the modern era. To access published outcomes of my research, visit: https://morgan.academia.edu/SamiaRab
Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). Her work primarily focuses on urban and suburban poverty, metropolitan demographics, and the ways in which neighborhoods and communities shape access to economic opportunity. Prior to joining Brookings, Kneebone worked as a researcher at IFF (formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund), where she assessed geographic gaps in services and programs targeted to low-income people and places. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University.
Programs Coordinator, Portland for Everyone
Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Madeline worked for Orange Splot LLC, a small housing development company and general contractor. She has also interned for two years at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. In addition to her experience in urban planning, Madeline brings over a decade of entrepreneurial nonprofit fundraising, organizing, and leadership gained predominantly through her work with the youth climate movement, including 3 years co-directing Project Survival Media. She earned her BA in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies from Macalester College. Madeline also serves on the board of Proud Ground.
Principal, Kronberg Wall Architects
Eric graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. Since then, he has worked in Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. In Florida, projects consisted of high-end beachfront residences in Naples and Miami. Eric then spent a year and a half focusing on office and warehouse projects in Atlanta, before joining Brock Green Architects in 2000, where he specialized in light-commercial and multi-family project types. After helping complete award-winning projects, including MidCity Lofts in Midtown Atlanta, he earned his architectural license in 2003, joined the American Institute of Architects, and spent a year as an architectural and construction consultant for the Mon Ami winery in Port Clinton, OH. Eric co-founded Kronberg Wall Architects in 2004. He is the Zoning Chair for his neighborhood, the Organized Neighborhood of Edgewood.
Urban Design + Transportation Leader, Perkins+Will
An architect and urban designer, Paul is also a Principal at Perkins+Will’s Toronto location and serves as the Urban Design and Transportation lead. His work for both public and private sector clients is shaped by a strong commitment to the public realm and a deep understanding of the roles social equity and economics play in city building. Over his 15-year career, Paul has led numerous award-winning projects for key public spaces, vibrant mixed-use neighbourhoods and urban infrastructure including, the streetscape design for the EGLINTONconnects LRT, the urban design guidelines for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration, Toronto’s Bloor Street Transformation and the YWCA Elm Centre – a LEED Silver building that provides homes for over 300 families. Research forms a key part of Paul’s work and he has been invited to contribute to several publications on Tower Renewal and sustainability in affordable housing. He is also a frequent public speaker and organizer, presenting on topics of sustainable community design and active transportation.
Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance
Jim Kumon is an urban designer and community organizer based in Minneapolis. As Executive Director, he organizes events, volunteer initiatives, membership activities and sponsorship programs for the group. He is your primary point of contact for engaging with anything relating to Strong Towns.
Co-Founder & CEO , The Space Agency
Hugo Lamb is an experienced entrepreneur and project director with a background in social innovation and community development. Having lived across Europe, South-East Asia and the U.S., Hugo is a passionate ‘third culture kid’ with a love for the urban environment. Hugo has developed new frameworks for understanding and measuring the social, cultural and community impact of activation. These enable us to implement outcome focused strategies across minor precincts and major activity centres.
Partner, DPZ Partners
Matthew, a planner and architectural designer, is a partner, senior project manager, and director of technology with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. With more than ten years of practice, he has broad experience in planning and urban design as well as architectural design at all scales from regional planning and coding to infill and affordable housing. Matt is a graduate of the University of Miami with a dual major in Architecture and Computer Science.
Author, Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All
Senior editor of New Urban News/Better Cities & Towns for 10 years and author of such books as A Better Place to Live, I have written about New Urbanist communities and ideas for a broad range of periodicals. This talk draws from my new Island Press book, Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All, which looks at walkable neighborhoods in Philadelphia, New Haven, Chicago, Portland (Oregon), Brattleboro, Vermont, and Starkville, Mississippi. For the past 34 years I have lived in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood, one of the places where New Urbanism's concepts first developed.
Senior Planner, City of Redmond
Gary Lee is a Senior Planner with the City of Redmond, where he has been with the current–planning group since 1990. In his role there, he is the lead planner for the Downtown Urban Center, where he has been instrumental in forming and implementing the vision of creating a lively, vital, pedestrian friendly, and transit supportive urban neighborhood. Gary works with developers, architects, property owners, businesses, brokers and partner agencies to advance and implement the vision for Downtown Redmond. Through his work the City has received several Planning awards for the Downtown vision and implementation efforts. Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona.
IDEA Space Program Manager, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Jamie Lee is the IDEA Space Manager at SCIDpda. Jamie manages the funding, reporting, and vision for all IDEA Space projects and initiatives. Jamie joined the SCIDpda team in the summer of 2014; before that, she worked in the University District with Sanctuary Art Center, an arts organization for homeless youth and young adults. She has over eight years in fund development and project management, both in her professional and volunteer life. She holds a Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Washington. She’s passionate about poverty alleviation, racial justice, youth development, neighborhoods, and the important interplay of policy and practice. Jamie started coming to the CID 16 years ago as a freshman in college and has volunteered in the neighborhood for over 10 years.
Executive Director, National Charrette Institute
Bill Lennertz, AIA, is Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute. First as Director of the Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office, then as a partner with Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has managed over 150 charrettes. Bill co-developed and teaches the NCI Charrette System™, the first structured approach to design-based collaborative community planning. Since he co-founded NCI in 2001, Bill has trained top staff from various organizations including the US DOD, World Bank, US EPA, US General Services Administration, Parsons Brinckerhoff as well as public planning agencies and private firms nationally. Bill is co-author of The Charrette Handbook published by the American Planning Association. He received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University where he annually teaches the NCI Charrette System™ certificate course. Bill is currently the President of the CNU-Cascadia chapter.
Transportation Planning Coordinator , CHS Consulting Group
Bill Lieberman is a veteran of almost 50 years of transit planning both in the public and private sectors. He participated in the development of some of the first light rail lines developed in the U.S., as well as bus rapid transit and other emerging transit technologies. He became interested in the transit/land use connection in the late 1980s and was fortunate to be part of CNU from its beginnings in Alexandria, VA. Bill is currently employed at CHS Consulting Group in San Francisco, where he has been immersed in transit projects involving buses, light rail, and commuter rail, as well as--recently--aerial gondolas.
Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
Livable Transportation Engineer, Toole Design Group
Ian Lockwood, P.E. is a recognized national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. As a former partner in the Orlando-based Glatting Jackson (which later became AECOM), Ian led a wide variety of transportation projects aimed at making communities more walkable, bikable and transit-friendly. He also served as the City Transportation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach, where he transformed state arterial roads, local roads, and the City’s approach to parking to help the city overcome its blighted condition and evolve into an economically and socially successful city. Ian’s current work includes walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way, taming arterials, shared spaces, policy reform, and designing main streets, campuses, and downtowns. Ian has guest lectured at several universities and is occasionally interviewed on National Public Radio. In 2011, Ian was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University during which he studied the links between transportation, land use, and successful outcomes for communities at all scales. For fun, Ian enjoys photography, cartooning, and road cycling.
Director, Durham Bicycle Boulevards
Aaron Lubeck is a designer and developer in Durham, North Carolina. Active in the new urbanist community and a member of the National Town Builders Association, he is President Emeritus at Trinity Design/Build, a restoration contractor specializing in retrofitting sustainable building practices into old buildings. He is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment where he has lectured on sustainable building and building science. As Director of Durham Bicycle Boulevards, Aaron is an energetic advocate for all-ages-and-abilities bike-priority networks.
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor's GetDowntown Program. From 2006 - 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ). As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike's work has appeared in or been featured by CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, Planning Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Village Voice, among other publications.
Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. He has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism, and he has become an international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues. As Dean, he developed the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame which is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact. A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program.
Designer, Torti Gallas & Partners
Michael Mabaquiao has been a designer at Torti Gallas and Partners for two years, working on mixed-use urban infill projects in the Washington/Baltimore area, as well as international projects in Turkey, the Caribbean, and Canada. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Architecture from the New Urbanist program at Andrews University, and went on to study advanced urban design techniques under Douglas Duany at the University of Notre Dame, earning a Master's Degree in Classical Architecture and Urban Design. Michael also worked for several years at Duany-Plater Zyberk & Partners in Miami, contributing to a number of community design initiatives and regional planning projects in the United States, the Middle East and Asia.
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, KaBOOM!
Priya Madrecki is the Senior Manager of Strategic Communications at KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play. In this role, she helps to lead thought leadership and communications efforts around national initiatives, including the Play Everywhere Challenge. Her work has helped to deepen media and thought partner relationships and broaden the impact KaBOOM! has in cities across North America. Prior to KaBOOM!, Priya worked to develop nutrition and health policies at a DC think tank, focusing on reducing the childhood obesity epidemic and ensuring kids have healthy futures. Most recently, she managed Vibrant Streets, an initiative focused on urban revitalization through redeveloping blighted retail corridors that was named Urban Land Institute’s “Transformative Project” of 2015. Her passion is working at the intersection of health and the built environment, and particularly in working with kids to achieve healthy outcomes. She has presented at a variety of venues, including DesignDC and International Economic Development Council; for the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and, has been featured as a guest lecturer with Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; and many others. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Politics and Urban Planning, Priya is an avid traveler and enjoys the outdoors, live music, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Director of Outreach and Policy Studies, University of Buffalo, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Jordana Maisel, M.U.P, PhD Candidate, is the Director of Outreach and Policy Studies at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), located at the University at Buffalo. She also serves as a Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design in the Built Environment at Buffalo and a Program Lead for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT). Ms. Maisel is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at UB.
Her current research includes projects on the effectiveness of universal design, policy and planning issues related to inclusive housing design strategies and streetscape design, and evidence based guidelines for universal design. She is the co-author of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012). I
Mayor, City of Redmond
First elected in 2007, John Marchione is now in his third term as mayor of Redmond, a thriving city 16 miles east of Seattle. The community of over 55,000 is home to a variety of industries such as aerospace, high tech, gaming, and biotech as well as several thousand small businesses where over 80,000 people are employed. As mayor, he oversees seven departments consisting of over 600 employees. To date, through Mayor Marchione's leadership, the City has adopted Budgeting by Priorities, completed the downtown street grid, and purchased the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line and converted it to the Redmond Central Connector, a multi-purpose trail that links Redmond to the region.
Ettore Maria Mazzola
Associate Professor of the Practice, Rome, University of Notre Dame
Expert in restoration and practices traditional architecture and urban design. Professor of Traditional Urbanism, Architecture and Building Techniques at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture since 2001. Architect in Rome and member of the S.I.D. Consulting (Sustainable Integrated (Physical and Socio-economic) Development), currently involved in different urban architectural projects in Russia, Moscow Region and in Italy.
Charles Marohn, P.E., AICP
President, Strong Towns
Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV. Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about planning and small towns, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and is a season ticket holder of the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota.
Principle, Dwell Development
With more than thirteen years experience building homes in the greater Seattle area, Anthony is one of Seattle's biggest advocates for sustainable design and green construction. He continues to push the envelope in the sustainable community with innovative construction methods that have positively influenced city building practices. As a lifelong Seattleite, Anthony has a deep commitment to creating communities that bring together like-minded individuals who value sustainability and modern design. Anthony has served as the Chair on the Board of the Master Builder’s Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ Built Green Residential Building Program for the last three years. He is a key member of the Columbia City Business Association and is sought after in the Seattle sustainable community to promote and share Dwell Development’s green agenda.
Principal, Massengale & Co LLC
John Massengale has won awards for architecture, urbanism, historic preservation and architectural history. An architect and urbanist in New York City, he is the Chair of CNU New York and co-author with Robert A.M. Stern and Gregory Gilmartin of New York 1900, the first architecture book nominated for a National Book Award.
Senior Associate, State Smart Transportation Initiative
Chris McCahill is researcher and educator focused on transportation engineering, planning, and policy. He is a senior associate at the State Smart Transportation (SSTI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he works with a network of reform-oriented state departments of transportation through research, knowledge exchange, technical assistance, and outreach. Prior to joining SSTI in 2013, Chris was a project manager for CNU’s Project for Transportation in Chicago. During his time with CNU, he coordinated a series of grant-funded training workshops for state engineers, regional planners, local transportation professionals, and city officials, focused on urban street design. He has continued working with CNU and the Illinois Department of Transportation to assess and overcome obstacles to transportation reform. Chris earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2012. While at UConn, he was a transportation engineering course instructor and collaborated on multiple interdisciplinary research projects. His writing appears in academic journals and popular media including The Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, The Hartford Courant, and The New Haven Register. In 2012, Chris was a fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, DC.
Co-Founder & CEO , Space Agency
Bec McHenry is the founder and CEO of The Space Agency. Originally inspired by the decline of her local retail strip, Bec has been at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for distressed, challenging and under-utilised space. Bec is passionate about connecting people with places. As licensed estate agent, Bec provides strategic advice and guidance to property developers, land owners, councils, and operators - helping them to work together to commercialise spaces, activate precincts and create new destinations.
Principal, Transpo Group
Dan has a proven track record of working with public agencies to quickly understand, address, and solve complex transportation issues. Dan is frequently called upon to evaluate and address parking issues in projects of all sizes, including the evaluation and development of parking strategies and policies for downtown and town center plans, rapidly developing cities in the Middle East, urban mixed-use developments, and master planned developments.
With over 18 years of experience, Dan is known for developing innovative strategies that address the concerns and needs of a variety of stakeholders. Dan has the management skills and analytical insight to lead major parking pricing and data collection efforts, present well-organized data, and draw conclusions that inform the direction of city policy. He often presents at public meetings and leads task forces, and enjoys working in a public setting to bring clarity to complex transportation issues. Known as an agile planning expert able to relate with a variety of stakeholders, Dan often presents at public meetings and leads tasks forces to solve complex transportation problems.
With a passion for uniting diverse interests to solve complex problems, Wren brings a decade of cross-sectoral experience in sustainable global business and urban development. She has led program development, strategic planning, and community engagement initiatives focused on equitable urban development, health impacts of the built environment, and responsible business. Wren holds graduate degrees from the University of Washington in urban planning and the George Washington University in international affairs. Her interests center around the nexus between sustainable urban planning, health, and the impacts of space on wellbeing.
President & Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Stephanie Meeks has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010. Under her leadership, the National Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan designed to refocus direct action on saving imperiled places, engage new audiences in preservation, and increase the organization’s impact by a factor of ten. Under Stephanie’s tenure, the National Trust has worked to bring a more diverse and younger group of Americans into the preservation movement, and support their efforts in their communities and across the nation. It has also launched an effort to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and spearheaded research reflecting the benefits of historic preservation in today’s urban areas. Stephanie has championed 21st-century business processes and systems to better meet today’s preservation challenges. The organization has strategically repositioned its portfolio of 27 historic sites to achieve new levels of stewardship, implemented a bold plan to upgrade its technology infrastructure, and moved its operations to the historic Watergate building, creating a dynamic, state-of-the-art workplace to move preservation forward. Before joining the National Trust, Stephanie served in several senior executive positions with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations. She also served as director of RARE, a U.S.-based conservation group that uses social marketing to address environmental challenges in communities around the world, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Potomac Conservancy. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.
President, Senior Researcher, Structura Naturalis Inc., KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Michael Mehaffy, Ph.D. is a consultant, researcher, educator, and author or contributing author to over twenty books, and on the editorial boards of two international urban design journals, as well as a regular contributor to CNU Public Square, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Metropolis, Urban Land, Planetizen, Traditional Building and others. He is the former project manager for the master developer of Orenco Station, an early and successful TOD on Portland’s light rail line, for which he has facilitated post-occupancy research and assessment, and he has been active in Portland-area planning policies as a consultant, researcher and citizen. He is also executive director of the Sustasis Foundation in Portland, where he collaborates on developing new neighborhood-scale tools and approaches. He is also chair of the College of Chapters of the International Network for Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) in London, and active in a number of other international urban organizations. Most recently he has been a consultant to UN-Habitat for the New Urban Agenda, a new international framework agreement for urban development that incorporates New Urbanist principles.
Ronald T. Milam
Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers
Ron Milam, AICP, PTP is the principal-in charge of technical development for Fehr & Peers. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. During his 20+ years of professional work he has completed a wide variety of planning studies throughout the western U.S. Ron is currently developing transportation analysis guidelines for Caltrans to aid in the evaluation of projects including new analysis techniques to address climate change and working on a new GHG Tools Handbook for FHWA. In addition to Ron’s work experience he has also published over 20 professional papers and is the lead instructor for the U.C. Davis Extension Program’s – The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use.
Professor, Judson University
Christopher Miller’s research interests range from urban morphology to the history of architectural typology to contemporary theory in architecture. He joined the Judson Architecture faculty in the program’s second year, having practiced architecture in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Virginia. He also teaches in the Art & Design department: he has taught the History of Art and now teaches an upper level seminar for architecture, art, and design students on theory and the modern problems of objects, architecture, and conviviality.
Director, Project Bookends
Jessica Cogan Millman is an expert and leader in urban planning, environmentally sustainable development, and the principles of smart growth. Currently, Jessica is the Director of Project Bookends, an effort to build a cultural and educational facility in the Village of Skaneateles. The new facility will accommodate a library, the John D. Barrow Art Gallery, and a lifelong learning center. Zoning changes, site plan review, building demolition, community meetings, adaptive reuse of a Richardsonian Romanesque building, and more all fall within her purview. Jessica has extensive experience working at all levels of government and also in the non-profit arena. Jessica has a leadership role in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Green Neighborhoods Program. The Green Neighborhoods program works with communities around the country to design, plan, and catalyze the building of model, neighborhood-scale development projects that combine smart growth, environmental justice, green stormwater infrastructure, efficient transportation options, green building, and public health practices.
Principal, Urban3, LLC
Joe Minicozzi is the principal of Urban3, a consulting company created by Asheville real estate developer, Public Interest Projects. Urban3’s work in pioneering geo-spatial representation of economic productivity has prompted a paradigm shift in understanding the economic potency of urbanism and the value of well designed cities. Their studies of cities in the United States and Canada have affected the reevaluation of public policy and a broader understanding of market dynamics created by tax policy.
Home Region Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
Karen Minkel is responsible for work with grantees focused on quality of life initiatives in Northwest Arkansas and the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Karen was previously a senior research officer in the Evaluation Unit at the foundation and provided analysis and evaluation of the Home Region Program’s grants and strategies. Before coming to the Walton Family Foundation, Karen worked for the City of Fayetteville as director of strategic planning and internal consulting, administering and evaluating myriad programs, policies and processes. She has also worked in public sector consulting in London and served as a Teach For America corps member in Harlem. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.
Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley
Dr. Don Miskiman enjoys a diverse background that has provided the opportunity of living and working in most areas across North America. He has experience as a Musician, Visual Artist, and, Psychologist; and, has worked in both business and university settings. Don has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at universities in Canada; and, been an Invited Professor to universities in the Netherlands and Korea. He joined the University of the Fraser Valley in 2009 and is an Associate Professor of Human Resource and Organization Studies. His teaching and research focus on the area of human - environment interactions. This includes the relationships and interactions between built environments and the people in them; the impact of urban design on people; placemaking; biophilic design; and, wayshowing-wayfinding. Don also works with small cities to develop cultural plans; and, implement placemaking projects. He sits on the International Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces.
President, RAM Columbia LLC
Rob Mohn is the owner and operator of a Columbia City lodging business and president of RAM Columbia LLC, a community development company specializing in adaptive re-use and infill development. His community focus followed a career in engineering and environmental consulting as a civil engineer. He was a founding director of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, serves on the board of the Columbia City BIA, and actively participates in the Columbia City Business Association.
Principal & Director of the Urban Architecture Studio, Glavé & Holmes Architecture
As Principal, founder and Director of the Urban Architecture Studio, Andrew seeks to create buildings and places that enhance community life in the public realm. “As architects,” writes Andrew, “it isn’t enough to simply satisfy the needs of the immediate users of a building, as important as that may be. We have a responsibility to take the long view and to create civitas – that nexus of the built environment and public life in this most public and permanent of arts. The space between our buildings is just as important as the buildings themselves.” After a gap year of travelling in Europe and working for a custom furniture builder, Andrew decided that his path led to a degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. Andrew began his career with Glavé Newman Anderson (now Glavé & Holmes Architecture or G&HA) under the tutelage of Pete Anderson and Jim Glavé. Following this introduction to the profession, Andrew spent the next decade in a number of Richmond-based firms and gained extensive experience working on commercial, industrial, healthcare, aviation, and residential projects along with a brief sojourn in museum exhibit design. Returning to G&HA in 2004, Andrew has spent the second half of his career, along with his colleagues in the Urban Architecture Studio, continuing the legacy of Jim Glavé and his love for the city.
Paul Moore, PE
Paul Moore is an expert in managing major urban design, land use, and transportation planning and engineering projects. Paul has 25 years of experience in developing major transportation and transit planning projects, small area planning and redevelopment studies, and livable transportation solutions. Paul specializes in working with communities that want to use transportation spending as a tool to make broad community improvements. Throughout his career, Paul has led engaging and meaningful public involvement processes as an integral part of his technical work. He builds strong relationships with local leaders who have become champions for positive change in their communities. Paul has managed many ground-breaking projects including major, citywide transportation plans for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Louisville, and Omaha, among many others.
Company Architect, Parkwood Homes
For 25 years, I've worked in a wide variety of architectural services, from urban planning to single family homes. Ever since architecture school, I've been fascinated by how and why we respond to urban environments and the buildings that give shape to our daily lives. This interest led to my writing a paper last year for the 3rd conference of the International Society of Philosophy and Architecture entitled, Harmonious Beauty - The Aesthetics of Humane Architecture. Having recently accepted the position of Company Architect for a TND home builder, I look forward to bringing a little beauty into people's lives.
Capital Division Manager, City of Bothell
Steve Morikawa is the Capital Division Manager for the City of Bothell. This division of Public Works designs and builds capital projects as well as oversees long-range transportation planning. He has been with the City for 18 years and has been heavily involved with the City’s Downtown Revitalization since the planning phase. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Washington.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of Pasadena, California, she holds a M.Arch. from Princeton University, a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and Government, and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. She is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national organization aimed at integrating aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and policy aspects of urbanism, and is an emeritus member of its Board of Directors. A founding partner of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, she is a national leader in environmental sustainability and designed one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. She recently coauthored the CNU’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, companion to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Ms. Moule’s experience ranges from the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings to historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and large urban design projects at all scales. A frequently invited public speaker, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect and has contributed articles to many books and periodicals, including The Nikkei Shimbun, The Los Angeles Forum, The Charter for the New Urbanism and The Seaside Tapes. Moule & Polyzoides are the winners of eight Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. They are also the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998) and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.
Steve A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED
Principal, The New Urban Guild
Steve is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and Useful Stuff. He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.
Land-use Planner, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Land-use planner working for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Current work focuses on finishing the job of conservation in King County using a variety of tools, including the transfer of development rights from rural/resource areas into vital urban centers. Equity and social justice is a focus of urban conservation efforts.
Owner, Olson Kundig Architects
Kirsten R. Murray’s passion for Seattle’s urban fabric manifests itself in a wide range of complex projects for Olson Kundig Architects. Her leadership, particularly on projects requiring significant programming, spans hotels to cultural facilities, small vacation homes to large estates. Murray joined Olson Kundig Architects in 1989, and became an owner in 2008. She is a generalist architect with particular interest and experience on residential, mixed use, and institutional projects with complex site development and programmatic aspects including site selection and analysis, programming, master planning and design. She is currently working on several urban infill projects, including Art Stable in Seattle’s South Lake Union, the 1900 First Avenue Hotel and Apartments in the city’s downtown, and the Casey Family Programs Headquarters.
Director of Education & Training, Congress for the New Urbanism
Nathan Norris is CNU's Director of Education and Training. Norris leads CNU's outreach to cities and works to expand its municipality-focused training and education. Available to state and local governments of all sizes, CNU’s educational programs offer a crash-course for municipal leaders and staff on New Urbanist principles and strategies. Previously, Nathan was the co-founder and Director of Implementation Advisory for the international urban design firm PlaceMakers, LLC. At PlaceMakers, Nathan worked with developers and municipalities to plan, entitle, develop and market neighborhoods, towns and cities.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology , University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL
Ray Oldenburg, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He is best known for writing The Great Good Place. He works as a consultant to entrepreneurs, community and urban planners, churches, and others seeking to establish great good places. His most recent assignments were for Consumer Eyes, Inc, New York in 2002, and San Jose, California’s CIRCA 2002 group. He has been invited to speak at symposia and conferences across the US, including at the Urban City Research Conference 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Oldenburg holds a Bachelor of English and Social Studies from Mankato State University, Minnesota, and a Master and PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He held positions at the University of West Florida from 1971 to 2001, prior to which he taught and researched at the University of Nevada, Stout State University, and the University of Minnesota. Oldenburg also worked as an elementary and high school teacher, and as a dental technician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Richard L. Oram
Chairman, Fund for the Environment and Urban Life
With a 35 year career as a federal and local employee, consultant and business owner, Richard Oram developed expertise in the transit industry on fares/revenue, market research, marketing, traffic mitigation and private sector participation. He is credited for creating “TransitChek” vouchers, a mass-market way to provide tax-free transit benefits and founded Commuter Check Corp. to deliver transit benefits nationally, and earned a US DOT Outstanding Public Service Award. He now chairs The Fund for the Environment and Urban Life. He has degrees in business/economics from Lehigh University, urban and transport planning from London School of Economics, and published doctoral work. He authored five books and numerous articles, and co-founded Sun Farm Network, a New Jersey solar energy company.
Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED
Principal, 2-term President, Robert Orr & Associates LLC, CNU New England
Robert Orr is a 7th generation Hoosier and an award-winning architect and planner present at the first sip of coffee that became the grounds for the New Urbanism. His collaboration with Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk at Seaside, Florida in 1982 was honored by Time Magazine as "...the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope the most influential." Robert's firm furnished more than 4,000 hours services, mostly pro-bono, to storm-ravaged Gulf Coast Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Robert received his M.Arch. from Yale and his B.A. (History) from UVM. Robert lives with his wife and four children in New Haven, Connecticut.
Senior Planner, TriMet
Jeff Owen is a Senior Planner at TriMet who focuses on Active Transportation and Access to Transit. This includes a key role in working with jurisdictions and advocates to plan, develop, and implement improvements for walking, biking, and accessing transit including sidewalks, crossings, trails, bikeways, bike parking, and first and last mile strategies. Before joining TriMet, Jeff has worked in the public and private sector in Oregon and Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Jeff has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.
Architectural and Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners
Delma Palma has been an architectural and urban designer at Torti Gallas and Partners for the past three years. She has worked on a variety of neighborhoods that promote mixed income communities through a diversity of housing types. She has worked on entitlements, concept design through construction of projects in some of the most blighted areas of cities such as Richmond, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. She is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and lives in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Parolek, AIA
Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article—titled “Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis?”—referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which intelligently addresses housing issues in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities and transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His company, Opticos Design, is a founding B Corporation, a revolutionary new kind of business dedicated to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska on his bike.
Neal Payton, AIA
Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED-AP, is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. where he created, opened and directs the West Coast office in Downtown Los Angeles. His efforts include urban design for the Los Angeles Metro’s Westside extension of the purple line, a.k.a., “the subway to the sea.” He is also working with the City of Santa Monica on a new Downtown Plan incorporating the terminus station of the new Expo Light Rail line. and the Wyvernwood Redevelopment, a 70-acre master plan in Boyle Heights. Outside of California he has recently completed a new Form-Based Code for the Kaka’ako redevelopment area in Honolulu. Before coming to California, he directed Torti Gallas’ Urban Design efforts in their Silver Spring, Maryland office. His work centered on Urban Design and Town Planning at a variety of scales including inner city revitalization, inner suburban infill and refill, transit oriented development in emerging development areas as well as regional plans for counties and metropolitan areas. Torti Gallas has been involved in numerous projects involving pedestrian friendly grocery stores, throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos Design
As an implementation tool, form-based zoning responds directly to the community’s policy direction to express different priorities by geographic location. Learn how to use the various components within one code to regulate and generate the community vision across very different areas with different expectations. For example, a corridor with high expectations will tend to use most or all of the code’s components and have more detailed regulations while a corridor with modest expectations will tend to use fewer of those components and have less detailed regulations. Join an interactive discussion where leading practitioners and CNU members discuss ways to respond to community needs and priorities and lessons learned over the past 25 years.
Developer/Project Manager, High Point
Tom Phillips is the former Senior Developer for the Seattle Housing Authority where he spent nine years overseeing the redevelopment of High Point.
Chief Operating Officer at Equity Office, Equity Office Properties
Lisa Picard is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Equity Office. In this role, Ms. Picard is responsible for advancing Equity's organizational vision and investment strategies in the areas of product design, positioning, branding and sales, real estate technology and sustainable strategies, to further distinguishing Equity Office as an industry leader in urban office experiences. Prior to Equity Office, Ms. Picard worked for Skanska Commercial Development US where she served as Executive Vice President establishing the company's strategic development, investment and execution for the Pacific Northwest. She also founded Muse Development in Seattle, worked several years for Hines Interests, and also managed several national accounts for pension fund investment in real estate. Ms. Picard received her Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic University-Pomona in Urban and Regional Planning. She also holds two master's degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and lectures on topics including design thinking and mindful leadership, as well as driving innovation and understanding risk.
Founder, Coho Community Housing
Boyd Pickrell is the founder and lead organizer for Coho Community Housing, a consumer cooperative that provides housing services for its member-owners. Coop members collectively own and manage a portfolio of buildings and pay rent to themselves rather than to a landlord. Coho provides renters the opportunity to have an ownership stake in their housing so that they can enjoy the stability, security and wealth-building benefits of ownership. Boyd has 19 years of experience working in both architecture and real estate development. Boyd’s architecture experience includes serving as Managing Principal for NK Architects, a 30-person firm specializing in urban housing projects. His most recent real estate development experience includes working with Homestead Community Land Trust, an organization dedicated to closing the wealth gap in our society through shared equity housing. Boyd is also a member of one of the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards and is the Treasurer for Sustainable Capitol Hill, an organization working to advance environmental sustainability in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Yale School of Architecture
Mr. Plattus began teaching at Yale in 1986 after serving on the faculty of Princeton University for seven years. He is the current director of the School’s Ph.D. program and the Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research (YUDW), which he founded in 1992 and which undertakes research and design studies for communities throughout Connecticut and the metropolitan region. Current YUDW projects include planning for a Heritage Park along the Thames River between New London and Groton, Connecticut, and resiliency planning for Bridgeport and the Connecticut coast funded by HUD’s Rebuild by Design program. Mr. Plattus also directs the School’s China Studio, a collaboration between Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Yale School of Architecture, and recently led a Yale and international team to develop plans for a Peace Park along the Jordan River on the Israeli-Jordanian border. He has served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Research Quarterly, as well as the Connecticut Main Street Center and the New Haven Preservation Trust. Mr. Plattus received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University.
President, Gateway Planning Group
President of Gateway Planning, Scott Polikov is a national leader in harnessing the Economics of Place. Now a town planner, Scott started his professional life with Patton Boggs, practicing law in Washington, D.C. Returning to Texas, Scott was appointed by the City of Austin to serve on the Capital Metro Transit Board and represented the transit authority on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Board. Alarmed that CAMPO’s Long Range Transportation plan ignored development patterns in a sustainable way, Scott changed careers and established Gateway Planning to focus on walkable mixed-use places as well as the economics and design of infrastructure to create them. In 2016, Scott was selected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). Gateway Planning’s notable work includes leading the urban design analysis for DallasCityMap.com (a TxDOT project led by HNTB), and the reinvention of several historic downtowns such as those in Owensboro, Kentucky, Rogers, Arkansas and McKinney, Texas, which Money Magazine underscored as the primary reason it named McKinney Number 1 Best Places to Live in America in 2014. In addition, Gateway Planning led the form-based planning and rezoning of the Bush Station Area on the DART Light Rail Line in Richardson, Texas, setting the stage for the 5-million SF mixed-use CityLine Development anchored by the State Farm Headquarters. Along with team member Psomas, Gateway Planning similarly led the planning and zoning in Riverton City, Utah for the 700-acre Mountain View Village TOD owned by Suburban Land Reserve on the future extension of the TRAX light rail system south of Daybreak.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, and later earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career has engaged a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990. From 1973 until 1997, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California. His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts. Mr. Polyzoides has led such projects throughout the United States and around the world, in Canada, South America, Australia, China and the Middle East. He is the co author of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982), and the forthcoming Between House and Tower: The Architecture of Density. He also led on the production of four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs on the architectural and urban history of Southern California: Caltech: 1910–1950, Myron Hunt: 1868–1952, Wallace Neff, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate.
Architect, Torti Gallas & Partners
Laura Poncelet is a recently licensed architect at Torti Gallas and Partners. She holds a degree from the University of Miami School of Architecture where she developed an interest in New Urbanism and became CNU-Accredited. She currently enjoys biking and living in Washington, DC.
Shelley R. Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resource Defense Council
Shelley Poticha serves as the director of the Urban Solutions program, building NRDC’s work for better cities that support thriving people. Urban Solutions brings the place-based work of NRDC together into a coordinated strategy and includes promoting transportation choices through mobility options, scaling up building energy efficiency, model green and equitable neighborhoods, sustainable food systems, green infrastructure and climate preparedness. Urban Solutions is the culmination of NRDC’s thinking and work for sustainable communities since the organization adopted the area as an institutional priority.
Stephen G. Poulakos
Director of Town Development, Seabrook Land Company
Stephen Poulakos has emerged as a specialist in the implementation of new resort town villages based upon principles of new urbanism & landscape design sensitivity. With a bachelor of landscape architecture from Auburn University, he has provided landscape design, development and construction supervision for several private estates, the Relais & Chateau Tennessee mountain resort of Blackberry Farm, Draper Lake Coastal Village & most notably, Seaside, Florida's sister community, Rosemary Beach, Florida where he served for 6 years as Assistant Design Director & Design Review Committee member. Currently, Stephen serves as the Director of Town Development for Seabrook, Washington, a new beach town located on the Pacific Northwest's historic Olympic Peninsula. After joining Seabrook's town planner, Laurence Qamar, and Casey Roloff, Town Founder, in 2004, Stephen brought his practical "on-the-ground" experience from Rosemary Beach and other NW Florida villages to ensure that Seabrook takes its own place in the ranks of America's regionally-inspired authentic beach towns based upon context sensitive design principles. Committed to eco-sensitive design, material reclamation, land stewardship, and open-space preservation, he has helped guide the town's vision by serving as the architectural review board chair, a WA State Scenic Byway steering committee member, and most importantly lead designer of numerous neighborhood parks & community amenities that include a National Park-inspired signage program and design of the 2010 COASTAL LIVING Magazine -'Ultimate Beach House' landscape. Seabrook, like many similar new urban resort towns, has already begun to positively impact an already emerging stretch of the Pacific NW coast as a place to emulate, inspire, and to visit.
Director of Research, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation
As the Director of Research for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, Dr. Michael Powe conducts research empirically assessing the contributions that existing buildings and commercial districts offer communities. In 2014, Mike led work on the Green Lab's "Older, Smaller, Better" project, which used maps and statistics to demonstrate the critical role that older, smaller buildings play in supporting the social, cultural, and economic vitality of urban neighborhoods. Mike has also played a significant role in the National Trust's Partnership for Building Reuse with the Urban Land Institute, steering policy conversations focused on strengthening building reuse opportunities in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville. He has spoken about the Green Lab's research in cities across the country and has participated in live and recorded interviews for television, radio, and print media in numerous markets. At the Green Lab, Mike is part of a team that aims to unlock the inherent strengths of old buildings to save natural resources and strengthen local economies. Mike holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree (2006) and a doctorate in Planning, Policy, and Design (2010), both from the University of California, Irvine.
George Proakis, AICP
Director of Planning, City of Somerville, MA
George Proakis, AICP is the Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, MA, a city of 77,000 in four square miles. In Somerville, George recently worked on the new SomerVision comprehensive plan and is coordinating the development of the new Somerville by Design neighborhood planning process and new zoning regulations. Prior to working in Somerville, George worked in a number of roles for the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, where he focused on downtown redevelopment, a city-wide Comprehensive Master Plan, a new zoning code for neighborhood infill projects, and the redevelopment and form-based code for the 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District” project. George is a founding board member of the New England Chapter of the CNU, and a member of the Resource Council for the Form Based Codes Institute. He is a graduate of the City Planning program at MIT.
President, The Cottage Company
Linda Pruitt, Co-founder of the Cottage Company, has had a lengthy career in consumer product development, and marketing that spans more than 20 years with national firms including Federated Department Stores, drugstore.com, and Anderson Consulting. Born to a Central Illinois farm family, Linda's no stranger to a construction site, playing an active role through all steps of new community design, development and construction. Linda contributes her expertise with city planning and community leadership groups as a resource for new housing choices, green building, and sustainable development. Linda was awarded a B.S. in Business Administration from International University a M.B.A. from the University of Washington, serves as a member of the Cascade Land Conservancy Cascade Agenda Cities Advisory Board and as an Executive Committee member of the Northwest Architectural League/ARCADE.
Principal, Laurence Qamar Architecture & Town Planning Co.
Laurence Qamar is a Town Planner, Urban Designer, and Architect with 24 years of professional experience consulting for private developers and public jurisdictions throughout the United States. Laurence’s particular expertise in New Urbanism, and Sustainable Urbanism has led the design and implementation of project for: main street and urban revitalization, urban mixed-use building design, neighborhood housing infill, new neighborhood development, pedestrian/transit oriented planning, suburban redevelopment, sustainable planning, urban / architectural graphic design standards, and housing design. Laurence is committed to working in multi-disciplinary design teams that unite the interests and expertise of market analysts, transportation planners, developers, governments, and citizens. Though an explorative and collaborative design process, he creates solutions to complex development and planning opportunities. Laurence has worked extensively as a design professional, facilitator, and organizer of over 50 public design Charrettes.
Water Quality Planner and Project Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
De'Sean grew up in Seattle in the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Beacon Hill. He began his lifelong commitment to community service at a young age, at the local Boys and Girls club and on environmental restoration projects. In high school, he volunteered on Norm Rice's successful Mayoral campaign, and later served as Community Relations Manager for King County Executive Ron Sims and as chief liaison to the King County Council for Executive Dow Constantine. De'Sean is currently a Water Quality Planner focusing on community and intergovernmental relations for the county's Department of Natural Resources and Parks. De'Sean lives in Tukwila and is a champion for his community, serving on the Tukwila City Council since 2008, where his professional and volunteer experience in government, policy, activism, and regional collaboration gives him a unique voice on the Council. He was recognized in 2016 by the Seattle Chamber and Leadership tomorrow as Young American Leader ad was invited to participate in Harvard’s Business School’ Young American Leaders program. as He serves on the Board of Directors of Front and Centered, Forterra, and One America, advancing progress in the areas of environmental and social justice. He serves on the King County Consortium Joint Recommendations Committee for Community Development Block Grants, the King County Land Conservation Advisory Group, and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. De'Sean has a passion for public service and considers it a privilege as well as a great responsibility to serve the community.
Senior Associate, Senior Urban Designer, PlaceWorks
Peter has worked around the world, using charrette methodology to engage the local community and New Urbanism principles to design projects in sensitive historical and environmental contexts. He worked for DPZ in Miami, Washington, and Berlin; the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community in London; and is now a senior associate at PlaceWorks in California. While with the Prince’s Foundation, Peter led a seven-day charrette for the village of Dazhuyuan, China, and the resulting plan challenged 20th-century Chinese planning models. He led a small team in the Galapagos Islands to retrofit towns with sustainable designs based on the needs of the local community, which were gathered during a ten-day charrette process and included community gardens, landscape and urban design guidelines, and schematic infrastructure designs. At PlaceWorks, Peter participates in community workshops that lead to new designs that respond to local needs and environmental factors specific to the California climate.
Architect, DLR Group
Driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both the urban and natural landscape, Rico works with community organizations to have a positive influence in their own neighborhoods through design. In 18 years of professional experience, Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock is the ultimate expression of a sustainable architecture and a critical component of a new green economy. In addition to being in his fifth year of service on AIA Seattle’s board of directors, Rico is a mayoral appointment to the Historic Seattle Council, a board member for Pike Place Market PDA, and a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter. Rico sat on the AIA+2030 national steering committee, a committee born out of AIA Seattle that has seen to it that 24 cities nationally are providing curriculum to help design teams and owners meet the 2030 Challenge. Rico was recognized in 2011 by AIA National as a Citizen Architects on the Move, just completed a term as a member of the AIA National Communications Committee, was an Advisory Group member for AIA’s National Sustainability Scan, and was just awarded the AIA Seattle Young Architect Award in 2014.
Landscape Designer, Design Workshop, Inc
Nicole Rebeck, MLA, EDAC, LEED Green Associate, is an emerging professional originally from the midwest and currently practicing landscape architecture, urban design, and community planning in Aspen, Colorado. Her Indiana ASLA Award of Excellence winning graduate thesis, Bingham Redux, developed an infrastructure proposal with a custom evaluation framework for tracking aggregate shifts in quality of life at the community scale. Nicole's professional curiosities continue in her arc of practice through understanding the role of evaluation in the design process. She has found an outlet through exploring ways temporary placemaking projects can integrate into the design process and contribute design research.
Recruited by SOUL District organizers after arriving from Phoenix, Cole Reed re-opened her greenHAUS Gallery and Boutique on N.E. Killingsworth Street, in 2014. The space, which Cole operates with her wife Dayna, features rotating artists in photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry and Cole’s original furniture design. A Chicago-born artist and industrial designer, Cole has been involved with galleries and live-work artisan spaces for more than 20 years. In 2015, Cole and Dayna bought NXT Industries – which provides co-working and event space for creatives. They divide their time between the two enterprises with plans to expand NXT to a second location. Under Cole and Dayna’s leadership, NXT Industries has transformed into a company focused on supporting Portland’s next generation of diverse entrepreneurs.
Principal, Weber Thompson
For over 18 years Principal Jeff Reibman has been working in the Seattle area with a focus on residential design of every kind. His projects at Weber Thompson have ranged from custom homes to large condominium, apartment and senior housing projects. In addition to building design, Jeff focuses on project management, firm marketing and operations, including human resources and production standards.
Throughout his career, he has developed his expertise in creative land use solutions and complex entitlement processes. He is renowned for his ability to balance the needs of his clients, the market, and the environment while staying on schedule and on budget. He is a passionate advocate for senior and low-income housing initiatives, which he channels into volunteer advocacy and public outreach work.
Jeff is licensed in the State of Washington, and is certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. Outside the office Jeff serves as a board member for Great City, a Seattle think-do tank dedicated to quality urban growth. He is actively involved in Leadership for Great Neighborhoods, an advocacy organization, and holds the development representative seat on Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission.
President & CEO, CNU
Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies. Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness. Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Partner, Managing Director US, Gehl
Passionate about the relationship between social science and design, Jeff Risom works at the intersection of urban design, governance, business and culture to deliver projects that are economically viable and socially equitable while efficiently using energy, land and time. Jeff thrives in collaborative environments, working in multi-disciplinary teams to generate and apply a mash-up of professional knowledge to create innovative improvements to everyday aspects of urban living. Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. As an international consultant, Jeff strives toward processes that catalyze local engagement and design solutions that remove barriers to diverse and equitable urban environments. Jeff joined Gehl in 2004. An American, with degrees in Architectural Engineering from the US and City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics, Jeff’s multi-disciplinary background has shaped his cross-cutting holistic approach to all projects.
Executive Director, Streetsmart,
Kelly is the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a non-profit organization developing an evidence-based transportation planning tool. Kelly has nearly 20 years of city planning experience working in transportation, green infrastructure, and community design. Her experience across disciplines and sectors enables her to envision solutions that work effectively for multiple users; her strengths in strategy and creativity enable her to craft innovative solutions to urban challenges. Kelly is also a doctoral student in Urban Studies at Portland State University.
Architect, Rodriguez + Toledo
David Rodríguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture (1998) and subsequently his Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame (2002). He has extensively traveled, worked and studied in the U.S. and Europe including cities such as Rome, Paris, Miami, Boston and Washington D.C. He studied and worked as an urban consultant, architect and consultant for 11 years in the U.S. and abroad for well-known firms like Dover, Kohl & Partners and Torti Gallas & Partners.
In 2005 David returned to his home city of Panama where he currently practices as a founding principal of the firm RODRIGUEZ + TOLEDO, where good urban practices and sustainable solutions are incorporated as part of project designs, integrating city and environment as part of the final design products. He is currently a member of the Congress for New Urbanism Panama (CNUP) as well as CNU.
He is also firm partner for BUILDING COMMISSIONING EXPERTS (BCE), the first Building Commissioning and Energy Firm established in Panama, dedicated primarily to LEED Consulting on Energy Systems. The firm currently has broadened its services to general LEED Assessment and certification. The firm has participated in more than 200,000m2 of commercial space under the LEED certification process. Many of the projects modeled and commissioned by BCE have been a first in the Panama Market. David is a LEED Accredited Professional since 2003, a LEED FELLOW since 2016 and a board member of the Panama Green Building Council since 2009.
Town Co-Founder, Town of Seabrook
Casey and Laura’s long-time interest in home and town building began during their years at the University of Puget Sound. After college, the two fulfilled their dream of moving to the Oregon coast to live. They quickly identified an important market void among northwest coastal home buyers - people were seeking more than a house with a view, but a community to go with it. Bella Beach, Casey and Laura’s first community, redefined Oregon's coastal real estate market and confirmed the Pacific Northwest's desire for a friendly, walk-able neighborhoods. For Seabrook, they assembled a team of new urbanist specialists and seeked to build their dream - a beach town on the Washington coast. Together, their visions for Seabrook, an authentic beach town atop a well-situated bluff on the Washington state coast, has now turned into one of the biggest success stories in the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Casey was named on the list of Puget Sound Business Journal "40 Under 40." He was also part of the Entrepreneur Organization's Seattle Chapter from 2008-2010. At Seabrook, Casey and Laura enjoy the benefits of a tight-knit community full time, along with their four daughters. If Casey is not guiding a tour around town you'll likely find him on a bicycle - whether it's cruising the streets of Seabrook or exploring the mountain biking trails in the area. Laura enjoys running on the beach and combing it for glass floats.
Town Co-Founder, Town of Seabrook
Casey and Laura’s long-time interest in home and town building began during their years at the University of Puget Sound. After college, the two fulfilled their dream of moving to the Oregon coast to live. They quickly identified an important market void among northwest coastal home buyers - people were seeking more than a house with a view, but a community to go with it. Bella Beach, Casey and Laura’s first community, redefined Oregon's coastal real estate market and confirmed the Pacific Northwest's desire for a friendly, walk-able neighborhoods. For Seabrook, they assembled a team of new urbanist specialists and seeked to build their dream - a beach town on the Washington coast. Together, their visions for Seabrook, an authentic beach town atop a well-situated bluff on the Washington state coast, has now turned into one of the biggest success stories in the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Casey was named on the list of Puget Sound Business Journal "40 Under 40." He was also part of the Entrepreneur Organization's Seattle Chapter from 2008-2010. At Seabrook, Casey and Laura enjoy the benefits of a tight-knit community full time, along with their four daughters. If Casey is not guiding a tour around town you'll likely find him on a bicycle - whether it's cruising the streets of Seabrook or exploring the mountain biking trails in the area. Laura enjoys running on the beach and combing it for glass floats.
Jonathan F.P. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of work, much of it in close collaboration with universities and colleges, not-for-profits, towns and cities. Mr. Rose is a thought leader in affordable housing, smart growth and the cognitive and social sciences of environmental behaviors.
Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher. Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Senior Transportation Planner, King County Metro Transit
Daniel Rowe is a Transportation Planner at King County Metro Transit where he manages projects focused on developing policies, tools, and programs to improve access to transit. His Right Size Parking Project has modeled multifamily parking use throughout the County to support local parking reform that facilitates new transit-oriented development. Daniel managed the Non-motorized Connectivity Study that quantified the transit ridership benefits of various non-motorized investments and developed new tools for local implementation. Daniel is now overseeing multiple new projects to manage and expand park-and-ride parking throughout the region. Daniel has a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Senior Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Chris is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning + Design in Seattle. With a background in public health and landscape architecture he brings a health-focused perspective to the practice of urban design. In his work, he emphasizes how planning and design can transform the health of communities through increased access to high quality active transportation facilities.
Architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Mark Santrach graduated from Notre Dame’s School of Architecture in 2014. Since then, he has worked for Porphyrios Associates in London and currently works for Robert A.M. Stern Architects. An avid urbanist, he loves the energy, diversity, and beauty of first tier cities, and wants to fight for their affordability.
Urban Planner, Jacobs Engineering Advance Planning Group
Urban Planner with Jacobs Engineering Advance Planning Group (APG). APG is a multi-discipline planning group with a focus on Urban Planning, Facilities Strategies, Real Estate Analysis and Visual Media. Our experience is comprehensive and diverse, with involvement in various aspects of planning – from the visioning and conceptual stages, to the technical, operational and financial elements. Education: The New School, MS - Urban Policy; New College of Florida, BS - Sociology
Manager of Public Engagement, City of Austin
Larry Schooler manages public engagement and alternative dispute resolution for the City of Austin, Texas. He is also a senior fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas. He serves on the leadership council of the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section, and on the American Bar Association Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee. He also served as president for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2-USA). His work has been featured by a variety of organizations and publications, including Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the National League of Cities.
Underwriting Director, Freddie Mac Multifamily
As an Underwriting Director, Ben Schweitzer assists with managing the Freddie Mac Small Balance Loans (“SBL”) program’s underwriting parameters, initiatives and resources. He directly and indirectly helps manage a national underwriting staff of approximately 38 employees dedicated to SBL underwriting. He serves as the national SBL underwriting relationship manager for the highest producing SBL Sellers/Servicers. In addition, Ben is responsible for overseeing SBL’s Northeast Regional Office loan volume. He helped launch the program in October 2014, and funded loan volume in 2016 exceeded $3.7 billion and 1,600+ loans. Ben previously served as a Senior Underwriter in the Structured Finance group at Freddie Mac, managing underwriting for revolving credit facilities, tax-exempt bond securitizations (TEBS) and customized pools of loans. He began his career in commercial real estate brokerage for UGL Equis in New York, NY. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College and a master’s in real estate development and finance from Georgetown University.
Steven W. Semes
Director, Notre Dame Graduate Studies for Historic Preservation and Author
Prof. Steven W. Semes was a practicing architect for over 30 years before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2005. Author of two books and numerous articles, Professor Semes is particularly interested in the recovery of the classical language of architecture and the impact that this recovery has on changing approaches to the conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage sites. His current research in this area focuses on the issue of defining appropriate new architecture in historic settings. Prof. Semes served as Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program from 2008-2011, and continues to divide his time between the Notre Dame campus and the Rome Global Gateway. His research there has focused on the architects of the inter-war period in Rome who continued the classical tradition in architecture and urbanism.
Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
Chris Sensenig is an Associate and Urban Designer at Van Meter Williams Pollack and is the Founder of ConnectOAKLAND: A vision to Reconnect Neighborhoods and Connect Cities, a grassroots organization to rethink the I-980 freeway in Oakland as a multi-way and multi-modal boulevard. At VMWP, Chris has worked on a diverse set of projects focusing on walkability and transit-oriented development including St. Joe’s Affordable Senior and Family Housing in Oakland, RebuildPOTRERO HOPE SF Public Housing Redevelopment Master Plan, Mountain View El Camino Real Precise Plan and the Schlage Lock/Visistacion Valley Specific Plan. Chris has a Master’s of Architecture and Master’s of City Planning from UC Berkeley and B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Terry Shook, FAIA
Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc.
Charles Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services, melding consumer psychographic analysis, branding, architecture, planning and communication design into one united practice. Mr. Shook focuses upon the creation of new communities, in both the suburbs and within urban cores, that reflect timeless patterns of building while responding to modern aspirations for a better life. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and PlaceMarking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment.
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns
I'm a health promotion professional and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience. My primary focus is on getting more people moving on a daily basis by helping create communities that support healthy, active lifestyles.
Personally, I strive to lead by example by walking and biking to meet most of my daily needs and competing, just for fun, in triathlons and running events on a semi regular basis, which also helps to keep me motivated, focussed and fit.
I also enjoy serving as a professional race announcer, mostly of the endurance athletic type such as triathlons and running events.
Retired Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement
Ron Sims is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental and social equity issues. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, Sims serves as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board. The board is responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. Sims served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims managed the day-to-day operations of an agency with 8,500 employees and an operating budget of nearly $40 billion.
Principal, Mithun | Solomon
Daniel Solomon is an architect, urban designer and professor emeritus, whose fifty-year career combines achievements in professional practice with teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with well over a hundred design awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: ReBuilding, Global City Blues, and Cosmopolis. A fourth book, Love versus Hope; Housing and the City is nearly complete. He was one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is currently a partner in the Seattle and San Francisco based firm Mithun.
Manuel is a transit planner and urban designer with over 20 years of experience developing transportation systems and mobility strategies for public and private clients. His transit planning expertise include the design, implementation and performance evaluation of BRT, commuter express, fixed and flex-route bus, and shuttle services for urban and suburban systems across the US. His urban design work focuses on designing urban streets for transit accessibility, pedestrian safety and multimodal mobility. Manuel has wide ranging transit operations experience having developed systemwide operational analysis in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Baltimore, Honolulu, Kansas City, Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Chicago. Manuel is a member of the American Planning Association, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is a former Board Director at Feet First, a non-profit organization promoting pedestrian safety and walkable communities throughout Washington State, and he recently served a term as Planning Commissioner in the City of Sammamish, Washington where he lives.
Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating all of King County’s 39 cities on built environment and climate related policies. In addition Southard provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard has led the GreenTools program as a two time Harvard Bright Idea Award and recently received Governor Jay Inslee’s Solar Community Award for the Regional Code Collaboration which she co-chairs with Kathleen Petrie, City of Seattle.
Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time – which the Christian Science Monitor called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – has been the best-selling city planning title of this decade.
Developer and Principal, Orange Splot LLC
Eli Spevak has been crafting affordable, community-oriented housing developments in Portland since he arrived in 1994 as a volunteer construction supervisor with Portland Habitat for Humanity. During his first decade in Portland, he managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations. After taking a year off to work as a backcountry ranger, Eli launched a development and general contractor company, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland—ideally within an easy bike ride of his house. So far, Orange Splot has completed several small communities of homes and consulted on the development of projects large and small. Orange Splot projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Portland’s annual Build It Green! tours. For links to articles and more information about recent projects, please visit www.orangesplot.net.
Principal, Saskia Spijkerman Architect BNA
Saskia Spijkerman is an architect and urbanist. Presently, she is working at the municipality Aa en Hunze in the Netherlands and as a self-employed architect. After studying Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1992, she was a consultant for UNDP and UNESCO in Lima, Peru. Between 1993 and 2005 she worked as an architect and a project manager at several offices for architecture and the City of Zwolle. She designed housing projects in historical urban settings and in residential areas and made designs for renovation and adaptation to new programmes for modern and historical buildings. Since 2004 she has her own office for architecture and works for private clients and as advisor for the City of Assen. In 2005 she became urbanist at the municipality Aa en Hunze. Her scope of work is the redevelopment of and extensions to historical villages in relation with the surrounding rural landscape, which is of high cultural and historical value. Saskia Spijkerman worked as a guest tutor at the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology and at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.
Peg Staeheli, FASLA, LEED® AP is a principal with MIG|SvR based in the Seattle office. Peg’s areas of practice include complete streets, green infrastructure, civic centers, mixed-use development, housing, parks and urban forestry. She works with public agencies and private clients on planning, selecting, and funding capital improvement projects and development. Peg is a registered landscape architect with 38 years of experience; she holds a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State University. Peg has presented on sustainable and low impact development approaches encouraging a shift in our industry at various venues including American Public Works Association, the National Low Impact Development Conferences, ASLA, California Water Congress and the National Professional Grounds Maintenance Society.
President & Founder, Gotham Design & Community Development Ltd.
Padriac Steinschneider is a placemaker, designer, and real estate developer. He is President of Gotham Design and Community Development, Ltd., a firm he founded in 1978 that seeks projects in village settings that focus on “healing the whole.” His interest in the restoration and adaptive reuse of properties has seen particular success with projects like Wit’s End in Dobbs Ferry and Wicker Park in Chicago. Paddy is very active in his local community, serving on Dobbs Ferry's Land Use Committee, the Mayor’s Task Force on Energy and the Environment, and Sustainable Westchester’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. An Environmental Science major at Columbia College, Paddy received his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 1976. With his personal philosophy of being locally involved, Paddy’s previously peripheral support for CNU was invigorated by the advent of chapters. He is a founding member of the New York Chapter and serves as the Chief Operations Officer for CNU New York.
Emily Talen, Ph.D., FAICP
Professor, University of Chicago
Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Prior appointments were at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design Reclaimed, and City Rules. She also has several edited volumes – the most recent one is Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book, to be published in 2017, is called Neighborhood.
Vice President, RCLCO, Urban Development Group
A real estate strategist by training and an urbanist at heart. My passion and expertise is connecting places, markets, people, regional growth, and transportation to explain development patterns and opportunities. In my role as a vice president with RCLCO in their urban development group, I have worked across the country for developers, landowners, and cities to provide market and economic analysis to guide development and planning decisions. I am also the chair of the ULI Washington young leader's group and a member of the joint ULI Washington-Baltimore TOD council.
Manager, Architectural Design Services, City of Brampton
Alex is an urbanist, urban designer and architect with extensive experience in downtown revitalization, intensification and transit-oriented development, urban design, heritage, process and project management. Alex has managed Brampton’s Urban Design section for the many years with focus on Central Area planning and design, city-wide urban design, heritage preservation and special projects.
Alex is a founding member and director of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU), founding member and past chair of Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute Urban Design Working Group. He has written articles for professional magazines, organized numerous events, and is a frequent lecturer on urban design. Alex has been elected as Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2011 and received the OPPI Award in 2007 for his professional work within the planning profession.
Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
A pioneer in sustainable planning for 20 years, Anne Tate currently chairs the Steering Committee for the Faculty Meeting and leads various sustainability initiatives on campus. She is interested in the intersection of design and policy and served in 2003–04 as special advisor on sustainable development in the Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) in Massachusetts, a post that combined the executive offices of environment, energy, housing and transportation. At the OCD she led two signature efforts: the Sustainable Development Principles and the Transit Oriented Development Initiative. With Doug Foy, Tate negotiated the settlement that unlocked development for 145 acres of prime waterfront land in Somerville, MA. She now co-chairs the Citizen Advisory Committee in Somerville. Her current project, Urban Eden, illustrates what our cities could be like if we were to build in partnership with nature. Tate earned the AIAYoung Architects Award for Community Service and first place in the Progressive Architecture design competition for affordable housing. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has lectured at Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
Dhiru Thadani, AIA
Principal, Architect + Urbanist
Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA is an architect and urbanist. Since 1980 he has practiced architecture and urbanism in Asia, Europe and North and Central America. Since its formation in 1993, Dhiru has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and was appointed to the Board in 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chair of the CNU's Design Task Force. He has been the lead designer for several new urbanism developments in first and third world countries. He is the author of Visions of Seaside: Foundation, Evolution, Imagination, Built and Unbuilt Architecture, Rizzoli, 2013; The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary, Rizzoli. 2010; and Co-editor of Léon Krier: The Architecture of Community, Island Press, 2009.
Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones
Samantha is the Built Environment Manager, co-facilitating walkability with Dan Burden, active-living, safe routes to schools, and neighborhood traffic calming workshops. Working with the community, she develops community-led action plans spanning from Kauai, HI to Long Island, NY. She received her degree in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota. Samantha works to inspire residents and leaders alike to start any public project with an understanding of their shared values as the foundation for creating great public spaces.
Brent Toderian, MCIP
Founder, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS
Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney, and in Canada the cities of Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver. Brent’s establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS (TUW) in early 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012), with accomplishments that included the 2010 Winter Olympics-related planning and design; the EcoDensity and Greenest City Initiatives; new waterfront and skyline-shaping strategies; new visions and strategies for the city’s viaducts, multi-modal mobility and active transportation (walk, bike and transit); place-making, public place design and street activation strategies; next generation transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives; the Laneway Housing program and other affordability/housing strategies; and inventive strategies at the downtown, city and regional levels emphasizing a “complete city”, not just a livable one. Brent also oversaw all development, design and architecture in Vancouver, known internationally as a “city by design.”
President, Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc.
As President of Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti has provided the strong conceptual leadership to bring his firm to international recognition. His firm has been the recipient of over 100 prestigious national design awards in the last 20 years.With offices in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, he and his partners have built a firm that understands the inextricable relationship between placemaking, architecture, and sustainability.
Torti Gallas’ work achieves success for their clients and for the communities in which it is located. Mr. Torti joined the firm he now leads in 1973. Under his leadership, Torti Gallas and Partners has focused its practice on Trans National Urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed use,mixed-income architecture, and human sustainability.Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti worked with NASA and the National Capital Planning Commission. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Tortiis a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2004, Mr. Torti became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Principal, Freedman Tung & Sasaki
Gregory Tung is a Principal with Freedman Tung + Sasaki (FTS), a San Francisco-based urban design and planning firm founded in 1985. The firm's focus is on the “change areas" of existing cities - downtowns, workplace districts, corridors, and mixed-use areas – to benefit community prosperity, livability, and sustainability. FTS’ implemented policies and revitalization strategies includes projects in Bothell, Spokane Valley, and Tukwila, Washington, and California cities such as Pomona, Sunnyvale, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, Redwood City, Livermore, Montebello, Yuba CIty, and Mountain View. His work on the firm's public realm projects includes: a new multiway boulevard (Bothell Way) and arterial streetscape (SR 522) in downtown Bothell, WA; Courthouse Square and adjacent retail streets (CNU Charter Award 2007)) and downtown gateway structures in Downtown Redwood City, CA; the First Street streetscape in Downtown Livermore, CA; School Street in downtown Lodi, CA; Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City, CA; 2nd, Adams and Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix, AZ; bridge and streetscape design work in Emeryville, CA; and Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, CA. Mr. Tung has presented on urban design and revitalization at U.C. Berkeley, the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, New Partners for Smart Growth and the California Redevelopment Association. He studied architecture at Yale University and the University of California-Berkeley.
Consultant in Public Transport Planning & Policy, Jarrett Walker & Associates
Jarrett Walker, PhD, is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy. He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is President at Jarrett Walker + Associates, based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the popular public transit blog HumanTransit.org, and the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives (Island Press, 2011). This book is a friendly, non-technical introduction to transit’s underlying geometry, and the real value judgments that must be explored to make both transit and development policy. His background integrates an arts and humanities PhD (Stanford, 1996) with long technical experience in all aspects of transit and its role in city-building. He is a frequent keynote speaker, teacher, and facilitator of decision-making processes.
Partner, HR&A Advisors
Stan Wall is senior real estate executive with over 20 years of experience across the entire real estate project lifecycle including strategy, planning, finance, development, and construction. Mr. Wall is a Partner with HR&A Advisors, Inc. – an economic development strategy, real estate development advisory, and program design and implementation firm. At HR&A, Stan leads the firm’s Washington, DC office working with public and private sector clients in the region, including the National Capitol Planning Commission, the City of Alexandria, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, the cities of Detroit, Norfolk, Atlanta, and many others. Stan’s career experiences have focused on improving the built environment – including his role as Director of Real Estate and Station Planning at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he focused on implementing transit-oriented development projects across the Washington region. Other previous experiences include Arup, Jones Lang LaSalle, Deloitte Consulting, and Lend Lease. He received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (Construction Management emphasis) from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and real estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia; a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Responsible Property Investment Council; and he previously served as a commissioner for the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. In 2013, Mr. Wall was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the region’s Minority Business Leader Award winners.
Margaret Wallace Brown
Deputy Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Houston
Deputy Director for the City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department, Margaret is charged with guiding policy and implementing programs that support Houston’s orderly growth. She oversees programs such as the city’s annexation plan; neighborhood and historic preservation regulations; and the Geographic Information System. During her thirty-year tenure in the City Planning Department, Margaret has participated in a diverse array of projects that have had a profound effect on Houston. She has facilitated numerous public engagement efforts, including neighborhood plans, in 1995 oversaw the creation of Houston’s visioning process, Imagine Houston. In 2010, she managed the City’s U. S. Census Complete Count effort that resulted in a five percent increase in participation over the previous count and brought additional Federal funding and representation into the city. Most recently, in 2015, she was on the leadership team for the city’s first general plan, Plan Houston. She has a BS in Architecture from the University of Houston. She also holds a Charrette System Certification from the National Charrette Institute and is a Certified Public Manager from Sam Houston State University Continuing Education. "
Green Stormwater Program Manager, Seattle 2030 District
Amy joined Seattle 2030 District in November of 2015 after 20 years in the water resource field both in Seattle and the Northeast. Amy has a Masters from Cornell University in Natural Resource Policy and Management and professional certificates in low impact development and wetland science. For the past 5 years, Amy has been working in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in Seattle, developing a GSI program for Sustainable Seattle and designing a stormwater research/demonstration project at the Port of Seattle that tests the water quality effectiveness of two stormwater techniques with her company, Gealogica LLC. Amy sees green stormwater approaches such as rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns and permeable pavements as great vehicles to bring natural watershed processes to urban areas. She is excited by the challenge of finding creative ways to manage stormwater in the District in ways that benefit building owners, the City, King County, residents of Seattle, Puget Sound and all of its inhabitants. She is also excited by working with her colleagues at Seattle 2030 to keep improving the environmental performance of the District and increase the resilience of Seattle.
Michael Watkins, AIA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, CNU-A
Architect, Michael Watkins Architect, LLC
Mike Watkins is an architect and urbanist with his own practice based in the new urbanist neighborhood, Kentlands. In 1988, Watkins opened the Washington, D.C. office of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, a Miami-based architecture and town planning firm. While with DPZ, he served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for neighborhood design development, review of engineering drawings, and review of architectural designs submitted by builders for compliance with the Kentlands Design Code and overall design intent. He was also the project manager and town architect for numerous other neo-traditional neighborhoods. He was also a member of design teams for over seventy towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad.
As Principal of FutureProof, Prisca supports the design and development of projects with aggressive resilience and sustainability goals, and provides strategy and oversight in the design and execution of community and regional-scale initiatives. Working with the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, she has most recently been focused on system-scale strategies and policy development for urban and coastal climate adaptation. Prisca holds a MArch and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Sciences with a specialty in Urban Water Systems. She is a LEED AP, Living Building Ambassador, and an Enterprise Technical Assistance Provider.
Paul Whalen, AIA
Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP
Paul Whalen, Partner, has been with Robert A.M. Stern Architects since 1981. During this time he has been responsible for the design and management of projects ranging from private houses and apartments to country clubs, hotels, institutional buildings, and large scale planning projects. Mr. Whalen was partner-in-charge of two of the most influential planning projects of our time: the new town of Celebration, Florida, and a plan and guidelines that revived the theater block of New York City's 42nd Street, which won a 1999 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. His 450,000-square-foot mixed-use retail and residential urban infill project in Arnhem, the Netherlands, won a 2006 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. Internationally, Mr. Whalen has planned seaside resorts in Germany, Brazil, the Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Portugal. His current planning projects include a two-million-square-foot high-rise garden suburb in Xiamen, China, and a 2.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Noida, India. Mr. Whalen's hospitality projects include mixed-use hotel and condominium towers for Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas; Four Seasons in New York City; and Rosewood Hotels in Atlanta, Georgia; and hotels for The Walt Disney Company in Florida, France, and Japan. Multifamily residential projects include 15 Central Park West for Zeckendorf Development, a building that achieved the highest sales prices in New York City; seven buildings for the Related Companies in New York, as well in Boston and Los Angeles; and condominiums in the Bahamas, Toronto, and Taipei. Mr. Whalen also has significant experience in the design of buildings for healthcare institutions and for universities and graduate schools. Mr. Whalen graduated from Columbia University in 1978 and received his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 1981. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism; he recently served on the design review board of the San Diego Center City Development Corporation. Mr. Whalen is a registered architect in New York and sixteen other states.
Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP
A partner and founder of Van Meter Williams Pollack, Rick Williams is a leader in urban design and transit-oriented development. With a background in both planning and architecture, Rick focuses on planning and urban design projects involving mixed-use, transit oriented community plans and architectural design. His architectural work ranges from residential to mixed-use neighborhoods, urban infill, multifamily affordable and workforce housing throughout the Bay Area. Rick’s understanding of building types and the public realm informs urban design projects that benefit from realistic implementation strategies, development regulations and design guidelines. His urban design efforts include national and west coast TOD and infill plans. In 2006 Rick led VMWP’s planning efforts in developing a Master Plan for the development of the Ferry Terminal District, as well as developing infill strategies for downtown Bainbridge Island. Rick has worked extensively with public agencies, cities, nonprofit organizations, and diverse and disenfranchised communities. He is adept at negotiating the regulatory framework and writing innovative codes and guidelines to articulate the design parameters for mixed-use, pedestrian and transit-oriented development. Rick’s primary focus is the implementation of complex, visionary design projects whose success depends on high quality design, strong community involvement, unique financing and public-private development partnerships. Rick also continues to lead efforts on a variety of infill and affordable housing developments within a wide number of communities in the Bay Area. Rick has lectured extensively on issues of contemporary urban planning, and his urban design projects have been published in books and leading design and planning journals.
Spencer Williams is a Legislative Assistant to Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson. He received a degree in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and brings years of policy and design experience at a variety of scales. Prior to clerking the Council’s Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee, Spencer has worked within the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on issues related to growth management, as an Urban Designer and Planner for the Washington, statewide non-profit Futurewise, and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Seattle Housing Authority focused on issues of access to opportunity and fair housing. Spencer is committed to enhancing the experience of the built environment, broadening prosperity throughout the region, and contributing to the vitality of the places people live, work, study, worship, and play.
Associate Professor of Architecture - Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York/CUNY
June Williamson, RA, LEED AP, is associate professor of architecture and urban design at the City College of New York, CUNY. She is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs,” and author of “Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb.” Over a 20+ year career, she has practiced in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Boston. A frequent speaker and consultant, her writing is published in the books “Retrofitting Sprawl,” “Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs,” “Independent for Life,” and "Writing Urbanism," as well as many journals, magazines and blogs.
Executive Director, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Maiko is Executive Director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), whose mission is to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. She is responsible for the overall direction and sustainability of the organization. Maiko previously served as the SCIDpda’s Director of Housing and Facilities, responsible for asset and property management, as well as a member of the SCIDpda’s real estate development team. Maiko has 20 years community and economic development experience including asset management, property management, real estate development and finance. Prior to joining SCIDpda, Maiko worked with SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Her work focused on economic development in the Columbia City neighborhood, as well as financing and management of affordable housing rehabilitation projects. Maiko graduated from University of Washington with a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound. She is the Secretary (and a past president) of the board of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development, chairs the City of Seattle’s Housing Levy Oversight Committee, and serves on a variety of task forces and committees.
Principal, Principal Advisor, Charles R. Wolfe Attorney at Law, Seeing Better Cities Group
Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe, M.R.P., J.D. provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long-time writer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law. In particular, his work involves the use of sustainable development techniques and innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors. He frequently counsels clients on ways to achieve the successful redevelopment of infill properties under federal, state, and local regulatory regimes. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at the graduate level. He serves on the Board of Directors of Futurewise has held several board positions for the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Northwest District Council, and has served as Chair of both the American Planning Association's Planning and Law Division and the Washington State Bar Association's Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Chuck is an avid traveler, photographer and writer, and his latest book, Seeing the Better City, was released in February, 2017 by Island Press. He has contributed regularly on urban development topics for several publications including CityLab, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Grist.org, seattlepi.com, and Crosscut.com. He blogs at myurbanist.com.
Sandra "Sam" Woods
Project Manager, Center City Bike Network
Sandra “Sam” Woods is the project manager for the Center City Bike Network. She has been a long-time non-motorized advocate. She started working at the City of Seattle 26 years ago as the first Pedestrian Program Engineer. Today with the unprecedented growth occurring in Seattle, Sam is continuing to work to unsure bicycling is in integral part of the mobility solution. Sam combines her two favorite passions by leading biking and birding field trips for Seattle Audubon!
Owner and Developer, JM Woolley & Associates
Jeana Woolley. Jeana Woolley is a developer, and owner of JM Woolley & Associates, a development services firm she established in 1991. She has developed major residential and commercial projects along the MLK corridor Allen Fremont Plaza, a 64-unit affordable senior housing complex, and Vanport Square, a full block mixed-use commercial condominium project. As a longtime community and economic development activist, she has an extended record in grassroots efforts to improve the economic viability and livability of inner-city urban neighborhoods. She is one of the founding board members of the Black Investment Corporation for Economic Progress Inc. (BICEP), a group of African-American professionals who came together in 2015 to envision a plan for more socially responsible commercial development and revitalization in the North/Northeast Portland. She was formerly the Operations Manager for Pacific Development Corp, a real estate subsidiary of Pacific Power.
Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Samir Younés teaches traditional urbanism and architecture and architectural theory. Samir Younés’ professional experience in the United States and Europe includes a comprehensive variety of projects: long-term master-plans, mixed use developments, private residences, and commemorative monuments. In 1993, he designed the monument for the Cornerstone laying ceremony for the Bicentennial of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.. Younés taught architecture at the Catholic University of America from 1986 until 1991 when he joined the faculty at Notre Dame by teaching in the Rome Studies Program. He was subsequently Director of Graduate Studies (1993–1999), Director of the Rome Studies Program (1999–2008), and Rooney Director of Rome Studies (2006-2008). In 2001, Younés was member of the Founders’ Committee of the School of Architecture at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Viseu, Portugal. He was master–planner and senior tutor for the Prince of Wales’ urban task force for Lebanon in 1997. He lectured on architecture at the Universities of Bologna; and Ferrara, Italy; L’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; Univ. of Portsmouth UK; and juried projects at the Univ. of Miami (Rome), Univ. of Maryland, Catholic University, Clemson University (Genova), Univ. of Oregon (Rome), and Yale.
Director of Service Delivery, TriMet
Ken Zatarain is TriMet’s Director of Service Delivery. Ken has over 35 years experience in transit. He has held leadership roles in several projects, including design and management of Portland transit network, integration of five new rail lines into the system, design of the Portland Mall and coordination of land use and parking management plans with transit service improvements. Prior to joining TriMet, he worked for the Corps of Engineers and the City of New Orleans. Ken has a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of North Carolina.
Principal, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc.
Todd was one of the original framers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a member of the CNU Board of Directors, and the CNU executive committee. Using the proprietary target market methodology of his market research firm, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Zimmerman was instrumental in bringing market rigor to urban development and re-development and the New Urbanism within the United States and is now expanding that effort outside the country.